After a fantastic summer at St. Mary Star of the Sea parish in New London, I have returned to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. Although I have enjoyed very much my summer assignment with the people of St. Mary, I am very excited to be back at "the Mount" to continue my studies. I had a great first year here, and I am thrilled to be able to return for year 2.
This past Monday, I was fortunate enough to pay a visit to my alma mater, the University of Connecticut, with my fellow seminarian Brian Maxwell. We visited St. Thomas Aquinas parish and the student center, and Fr. John Antonelle took us out to lunch. It was an opportunity to experience a little of the campus ministry going on at UConn, the largest university in our diocese.
Having grown up in Willimantic, I always enjoy returning back home.. to visit my nephews and niece and the rest of my family.. to visit my parish, St. Mary.. it's just home to me. But I really enjoyed visiting the Immaculata Retreat Center this past Tuesday for a vocations prayer team picnic. The evening began with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Cote, and concelebrated by Fr. Henry Agudelo (our newest Diocesan priest) and Fr. Galvin. Afterwards, we gathered outside (it was fortunately not too hot..
We have a parishioner at St. Mary Star of the Sea who owns his own salvage company. He was contracted to empty out the contents of an out-of-business Catholic gift store. He collected the stuff, but could not bare to incinerate it (which is normal practice). So he brought it to our attention at the parish, and so I spent last Friday afternoon sifting through a dumpster full of Catholic memorabilia.
I've been spending my first summer as a seminarian at St. Mary Star of the Sea parish in New London. St. Mary is an old parish, founded in 1854 (as St. Patrick's Church.. apparently, the parish's legal corporate name is *still* St. Patrick's!). Everybody has been very kind, and has been breaking me in very gently; as St. Mary's has hosted both Brian Maxwell and the newly ordained Fr. Henry Agudelo over the last few years, I guess they know what they are doing!
This past week was Spring Break here at Mount St. Mary's Seminary. Many of the seminarians went back home to visit family and friends. Several of the guys accompanied our rector and vice-rector on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. A few men had other exotic and/or restful vacation destination. As for me, I took part in my first evangelization trip.