Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Psst...Wanna Go to Seminary?

Better read this: excellent advice from a priest who has been is there.


Blogger D. Benedict Andersen OSB said...

My advice? Don't go, unless you absolutely have to ... !

7:31 AM  
Blogger Fr. Matthew said...

Unlike, Ben, I think I have a little more nostalgia and warm feelings for my seminary experience! :)

I would argue that, as much as possible, it is absolutely necessary for future priests to be seminary graduates. The experience of enduring three years of seminary is far better preparation for serving in a parish than "reading for orders" and never leaving one's home parish.

11:28 AM  
Blogger D. Benedict Andersen OSB said...

I should have gone to Holy Cross! No, really, I have nostalgia and warm feelings for SVS as well. I'm just glad to be free!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Fr. Matthew, you should have to survive in some of our parishes. They're not only preparation for ministry but a form of perpetual martyrdom. :)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Fr. Matthew said...

Well, I did get to serve in three different parishes during the course of my seminary experience. Is that preparation enough?

8:18 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Dear Father, the emphasis was on some parishes, which, God be merciful, you will be spared. Some of our (Antiochian) parishes are wonderful places to be, and one would never wish to leave. Others....

8:23 PM  

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