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Some great news – UPDATED TWICE! August 31, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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Some good news on goings on in the Diocese:

The Cistercians in Irving had three men make their professions of solemn vows on August 15, and two men ordained to the priesthood, and two to the diaconate, on August 20.  There are now 28 brothers at their monastery.  This is a great grace.  Pray for them. 

Last week I had the priviledge to be at a luncheon for two new diocesan priests, Fr. Marco Rangel of St. Mark and Fr. John Szatkowski at St. Elizabeth Seton.  They informed me that there are 12 men entering seminary for the diocese this year.  In addition, three men should be ordained next June, followed by six (six!!) in 2012.  Pray God that these young men continue in their vocation, are extremely well formed, and will emergy as wonderfully holy, orthodox priests for this diocese so in need of such good men.  I do not know how many years it has been since this diocese ordained six priests in a year – 30 years, more?   

There is a welcoming party for the seminarians being held at the Fairmount Hotel in downtown Dallas on October 5th.  Holy Cow, tickets are $150 each!  Well, if you loves you some seminarians and don’t mind the Fairmount getting a healthy cut, go sign up for the party here. 

Otherwise, you can make a donation to the seminarians at Holy Trinity Seminary here.

UPDATE:  Commenter ‘Dallas’ offers the following:

The Trinitarian Auxiliary sponsors a variety of projects including the “Seminarian Welcome Gift Packs,” Christmas gift and “Secret Prayer Partners” programs, designed for spiritual and moral support of the seminarians throughout the year. Auxiliary members also assist with the annual Seminarian Welcome Dinner. Annual membership dues are $25. To become a member of the Auxiliary or for additional information, contact Rita Backus, 972 438 2212.

UPDATE 2: Fr. Cliff Smith from St. Mark in Plano wrote to tell me that the last time 6 men were ordained in the Diocese was 1996, when he was ordained.  So, 16 years will have passed.  Pray to God that 16 more years don’t pass before we see 6, or more, men ordained in one year!

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1. dallas - August 31, 2010

Don’t forget:

The Trinitarian Auxiliary sponsors a variety of projects including the “Seminarian Welcome Gift Packs,” Christmas gift and “Secret Prayer Partners” programs, designed for spiritual and moral support of the seminarians throughout the year. Auxiliary members also assist with the annual Seminarian Welcome Dinner. Annual membership dues are $25. To become a member of the Auxiliary or for additional information, contact Rita Backus, 972 438 2212.

tantamergo - August 31, 2010

You’re really too good to me. I’ll update the post with this info.

2. dallas - September 1, 2010

Also, you may have blogged about this before, but the number of seminarians, 6 for 2012, has been buoyed by the wonderful Redemptoris Mater Seminary:

What is “Redemptoris Mater” Seminary?
The Redemptoris Mater seminaries were born above all thanks to the courage, the prophetical vision and the enthusiasm of Pope John Paul II. The idea to establish these seminaries started in Rome, the diocese of the Holy Father, to establish a seminary with these characteristics: an international seminary, i.e. with vocations coming from different nations, that be missionary, i.e. that upon ordination, the priests are available to go wherever the ordinary sends them. In 1988, the first Statutes of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary were approved by Cardinal Poletti, Vicar of the Holy Father in Rome.

These seminaries have vocations that come forth from the Neocatechumenal Way. When it comes to the studies, the seminarians in these seminaries have the same educational formation as the other diocesan seminarians, following the directives of the nations where they are erected.

The characteristics of the “Redemptoris Mater” Seminaries, which possess their own statutes and a rule of life approved by the respective bishops who have erected them according to the rules issued by the Holy See, can be grouped around 4 fundamental inspirations: the Neocatechumenal Way, diocesan character, missionary and international character.

They are diocesan i.e. the authority belongs to the bishop. Once the seminarians are ordained Presbyters, the ordinary can place them to minister in his own diocese, or when a brother bishop, seeing the needs in his own diocese asks the ordinary of the seminary for help, then he would send eventually priests to this other bishop to this other diocese. They are governed according to the present norms for the formation and incardination of the diocesan clergy. They are missionary and international in character because the seminarians come from different countries and continents, both as a concrete sign of the missionary character and of their readiness to be sent anywhere in the world.

Yet the most significant aspect of these Seminaries lies in their relationship to the
Neocatechumenal Way, as a Way of maturing towards an adult faith: this Way prepares and awakens vocations in many young people before they enter the seminary. It accompanies them during their time of formation; once ordained as presbyters it continues to sustain them in their permanent formation.

Once there is the ordination and incardination, the Neocatechumenal Way has no authority over the priest, which is at this very moment a priest under the authority of the ordinary.

To this day 64 Redemptoris Mater Seminaries have been opened in 5 continents, and have been ordained more than 1000 priests.

The Very Rev. Fernando Carranza, Rector
Redemptoris Mater Seminary
419 N Cockrell Hill Rd.
PO Box 211669
Dallas, TX 75211
214-467-2255


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