St. John Vianney Seminary Visit, October 9-11, 2018
The trip was well worth the time. We saw a beautiful seminary and got to spend some time with incredible men who have committed their lives to Christ. These men energized our view of the Church and our faith. The Church immediately became closer and more personal. At the same time we had the opportunity to develop closer relationships with our fellow Serrans who were there. The presentation by Paul Villamaria was very informative.
We went to Mass which appeared to have all 91 Seminarians present. The Mass was a very spiritual experience for us. We prayed together, shared the Eucharist and enjoyed fellowship with fellow Serrans from Johnson County and The Kansas City Kansas Club. We received a tour of the local Cathedral which is beautiful and an educational experience in itself.
In addition at the social hour and dinner we were able to meet and get to know the five Men from our diocese who are dedicated to their faith and the priesthood. Those men are: Thomas Maddock, Andrew Gaffney, Geoffrey Calvert, Colm Larkin, and Tim Skoch. Being present and participating with them demonstrated our allegiance to them and our commitment to support them consistent with the mission of Serra.
When Monsignor Mike Mullen attended here (Ed. note: slide 2, row 2, 4th from the left) it was called St. Thomas Seminary. At that time, early 1960’s, there were 50 Seminarians from our Diocese. Today there are five. Can there be any doubt in your mind as to the necessity of the Serra mission? Is there any question of the need for us as Serrans to increase the number of Seminarians? We owe this to our Church, to these five men and all seminarians and to our faith filled futures.
went to Adoration last Thursday. One Seminarian suggested we send a card to them to let them know we are praying for them. At the end of my hour I saw such a card. I had not seen it when I came in the Adoration Chapel.
My cards are on their way to our five seminarians! Sometimes snail mail leaves a better impression than email.