Minor Ordinations: November 19, 2016
We give thanks to God for the eleven men who received the minor ordinations of Porter and Lector and for the ten men who received the orders of Exorcist and Acolyte. His Excellency Robert Finn, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, came to bestow the orders during a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool on Saturday, November 19, 2016. We ask you to keep these men in your prayers as they continue their path towards the altar of God.
Priestly Ordination and Conferral of Tonsure: October 22, 2016
We give thanks to God for the 15 men who received their First Clerical Tonsure and for the newly ordained priest, Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP. His Excellency, Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Lincoln, came to perform the two ceremonies during a Pontifical Mass on October 22, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. It was a beautiful ceremony and a joyous day. Fr. Insco celebrated his first Solemn Mass the next day in the seminary chapel for the seminarians and the people that had come for the tonsure and ordination. Please pray for the newly tonsured men and for Fr. Insco that they continue to follow graces God sends them.
Thunder Cup Soccer and Volleyball Tournament: October 15-16, 2016
Seminarians of OLGS took part in the annual Thunder Cup Tournament for Soccer and Volleyball in the middle of October, hosted by Conception College Seminary in Missouri. After arriving Friday night, the OLGS soccer team took on St. John Vianney Seminary early Saturday afternoon and beat them 2-0. Though securing an early 2-0 lead in the next game against Conception Seminary itself, Conception battled back to a 2-2 draw. OLGS took the victory on penalty kicks to win a spot in the final on Sunday morning. Saturday night was also the Volleyball tournament. The OLGS team did well under their captain and coach Brendan Boyce, though teams from Meinrad and Mundelein Seminaries proved to be too strong to beat for the other teams in the tournament. After rising for an early Mass, the soccer team went out to the pitch again to warm up sore legs for the final game against Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Kenrick fielded a very talented team and had a few dangerous opportunities, but OLGS seminarians kept a disciplined line of defense and were able to capitalize on two opportunities to score, making the final score 2-0. OLGS was thus able to bring home a 1st place prize to the seminary for the first time. Seminarians thank Conception Seminary for hosting the soccer tournament and dedicate their victory to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Seminary Outing to Colorado: September 23-26, 2016
For the last weekend of September, seminarians and priests of OLGS traveled out to Colorado, to the Fraternity's Apostlate outside of Denver, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. There, they were warmly received by the priests and parishioners over the entire weekend, which included a hike in the nearby Rocky Mountains on Saturday with a generous dinner afterwards, a Solemn High Mass on Sunday followed by the parish's annual picnic in a nearby park, and a Sung Mass on Monday morning for the Feast of the North American Martyrs. Seminarians and priests had a wonderful time, and would like again to thank all who made the memorable weekend possible. May God reward you abundantly!
Opening Retreat: August 27 - September 2, 2016
Seminarians arrived back at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary on August 27 to begin a new academic year with a week-long silent retreat graciously given by His Excellency, Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. His Excellency stressed the importance of fostering the interior life in seminary life as an indispensable means of growing in holiness and effectively meeting the demands of priestly life. While he was at the seminary, Bishop Perry offered two Solemn Pontifical Masses at the Faldstool. The priests and seminarians of OLGS extend their thanks to His Excellency for his conferences and for his time among us.
In addition to returning seminarians, three seminarians from the First Year House in Australia, the Ezekiel House, joined the second year class at the beginning of this year. Also, OLGS is pleased to welcome back members of the Transalpine Redemptorists of Papastransay. Three brothers will be pursuing their studies toward the priesthood in Denton. The seminary also looks forward to welcoming the new first year class on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother. Fourteen men will be arriving from many different countries, including Ireland, Denmark, and Poland. We ask your prayers for them as they begin their studies for the priesthood, as well as for all of the seminarians, that they may all be formed after the Heart of the eternal High Priest, Our Lord Jesus Christ.