“Postcards” from the Class of 2014

June 9, 2014

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WEEK 3:  THE HIGHLIGHTS

I refer to the following three highlights as “The Triduum”:

Sunday, June 1, 2014
After going to Mass at a beautiful Franciscan church just to the side of St. Peter’s Basilica, I along with a few others went to the Regina Caeli led by the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Piazza. I have never been to Rome nor seen the Holy Father in person so I was excited to see the Pope – though not as much as I had anticipated. About five minutes before the Pope was scheduled to appear, I distanced myself from the group and began to pray on what is the significance of seeing the Pope in person is. (The fruit of this prayer is posted below.) Then, as he made his appearance from the window of the Papal Apartments, I found myself having to hold back the cheers I wanted to express for the Holy Father. I found myself with arms up welcoming the Holy Father as he looked at us from his window.

It was the solemnity of the Ascension and he spoke that day of God’s continual presence with us – in particular, he mentioned those persecuted Christians who suffer so much quietly. He asked us all gathered in the piazza if we believe that God is with us. He asked us this same question twice and then had us say out loud: “The Lord is with us!” The Pope also said that Christ offers his wounds to the Father and so we must do the same.

Monday, June 2, 2014
On Monday, Fr. Roger Landry from the diocese of Fall River, led us on tour in St. Peter’s Basilica. We had Mass in the crypt of the Basilica. While the whole morning was full of blessings, I particularly would like to share the experience of participating in the Scavi Tour. This tour is of the excavations that have been done under the structure of St. Peter’s. We walk through what was once the necropolis next to Nero’s Circus. The highlight of the whole tour is the sight of the bones of St. Peter. We stood about 10 feet from where they were returned (where they were originally located) after being examined after they were discovered. They are kept in a see-through container.

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“Postcards” from the Class of 2014

June 4, 2014

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WEEK 2: THE HIGHLIGHTS

May 28th: Today, after having a retreat that was filled with graces from the Holy Spirit, we left Ars, France for Rome. When we arrived in Rome and saw St. Peter’s Basilica we were all taken back by the beauty that the heart of the Church has to offer. It is truly a blessing that we are all able to study here in Rome and learn about our future bride in the heart of the eternal city.

May 29th: We had our first day of class today in Human Virtues for Priestly Fatherhood taught by Fr. Robert Gahl. In this class Fr. Gahl does a beautiful job of explaining the necessity for our priests to be holy fathers in order to serve our broken culture and help bring the faithful to holiness to which we are all called.
In the evening we went to the North American College and celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension with all of the men who are studding to be priests there. It was a great celebration and we all had the opportunity to see some old friends and share in fraternity.

May 30th: We finished our class on Human Virtues for Priestly Fatherhood and then in the afternoon most of us met with our spiritual directors. It is great to be able to go to spiritual direction on The Rome Experience to help us integrate everything from what we are leaning in classes, our prayer lives and all of the different experiences that we are having here in the eternal city. Spiritual direction helps us to see how God wants us to be formed through these experiences, and allows us to stay close to Him.

May 31st: Today we had the opportunity to have an audience with His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke who is the head of the Apostolic Signatura. He took time out of his schedule to explain to us what happens at the Signatura, how annulments and other marriage cases are handled as well as how the tribunals go about addressing cases. Cardinal Burke stressed how important it is to uphold the justice that everybody is entitled to especially when these very difficult cases are being reviewed.
After our audience with the Cardinal we all had the opportunity to explore Rome a bit more. Most of us were able to visit different churches and basilicas. So far our time in Rome has been eye opening to all of the blessings that God has and is continuing to give us.

June 1st: Today most of us had the opportunity to go and attend one of the Masses in St. Peters Basilica. It was awesome to be in the very heart of the Church while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was being offered. It was a reminder as to why we are here in Rome. We are here to be formed to be the best priests that God is calling us to be. To be in the same place where so many saints and popes have been before was awe-inspiring.

At noon we all had the opportunity to see the pope at his Angelus address. For most of us it was the first time seeing him in person. It was great to be able to pray with our father in the faith in the heart of the Church with thousands of others. God has truly blessed us men on the Rome Experience for this I am truly grateful.

REFLECTION: God has given us many different blessings and some crosses in our lives. Both of these are opportunities to be grateful because both lead us closer to Him. I think we need to take more time out of our day to thank God for all that He has so generously given to us.

Adam Bradley
Seminarian for the Diocese of Green Bay
Rome Experience Class of 2014


“Postcards” from the Class of 2014

May 23, 2014

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WEEK 1: THE HIGHLIGHTS

On May 21st we arrived in Ars, France.  We had the bus driver drop us of about a 45 minute walk outside of Ars so that we could walk the same path that St. John Vianney did when on his way to become the parish pastor.  As the group of men prayed the Rosary it was hard not to think that the Cure was probably doing the same thing as he traveled on his way.

Many of us after arriving to Ars went into the town and visited the Basilica where St. John Vianney’s incorruptible body is in repose.  Praying before the saint was a very powerful experience for a lot of men.  We all understand, that when our journey at seminary is over we will (God willing) be priests and eventually pastors, to be kneeling before the patron saint of parish priests was a great blessing that God gave us and it helps us to understand the duty we are going to be entrusted with, that of the salvation of souls.

On May 22nd Fr. Eric took all of the men to the Church were Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary his Sacred Heart and told her of his mercy.  Seeing the place of the apparition that started one of the greatest devotions in the Church inspired a sense of awe that lead everybody to prayer.  We had the opportunity to attend Mass in the small church and afterwards Fr. Eric brought out a relic of St. Margaret Mary, her finger, and we all had the chance to venerate it.

Later on in the day we went to the Monastery of Cluny where in the middle ages was started one of the largest religious orders of all time.  We had the opportunity to go on a tour of the ruins of the monastery and to see how these monks lived hundreds of years ago.  It was really beautiful to be in a place that produced popes, cardinals and many holy monks throughout the time that the monastery was up and running.

On May 23rd we all went to Lyon France and visited the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere.  This church was built in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary for saving Lyon from a cholera epidemic.  Then during the Franco –Prussian War the town was saved again by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin when the troops looking to invade Lyon retreated. This church is filled with mosaics and statues honoring Our Lady and many other saints.  The architecture and art in this basilica are truly breathtaking and give appropriate glory to God.

Tomorrow we all go on silent retreat for a few days and we are all very excited to see how God is going to work through Fr. Chris our retreat director.  Please keep us in prayer.

REFLECTION: One of the beautiful things about going to the church where Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary his Sacred Heart and celebrating Mass is that we are able to see that Jesus even now reveals himself to all of us in the Eucharist.  No matter where we go to Mass Jesus is always revealing himself to us making known the mercy of his Sacred Heart.

Adam Bradley
Seminarian for the Diocese of Green Bay
Rome Experience Class of 2014


Buon Viaggio, Rome Experience Class of 2014!!

May 22, 2014

The Rome Experience Class of 2014 departed for Europe on May 19th! We wish them safe travels and a blessed and fruitful time on the program.

Rome Experience Class of 2014 - Orientation at Mundelein Seminary

Rome Experience Class of 2014 – Orientation at Mundelein Seminary


Rome Experience 2014 Orientation

May 22, 2014

On May 19th, the Rome Experience Class of 2014 welcomed a special guest, Fr Robert Barron, during their orientation on the campus of Mundelein Seminary. Fr Barron gave the seminarians some tips on Rome and a special blessing for the trip. Thank you, Fr Barron!

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Fr Robert Barron with seminarians from the Rome Experience Class of 2014

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Fr Robert Barron visiting with the Rome Experience Class of 2014 during orientation at Mundelein Seminary.

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Fr Robert Barron blesses the Rome Experience Class of 2014 before they departed for Europe!


Welcome the Rome Experience Class of 2014!

April 15, 2014

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The Bishops’ Advisory Board, faculty, priests and staff of the Rome Experience are very pleased to announce and welcome the Class of 2014!

 

Dillon Barker
Diocese of Nashville
Pontifical College Josephinum

Craig Best
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary

Adam Bradley
Diocese of Green Bay
St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Ion Chamorro
Archdiocese of Miami
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

Levi Cochenour
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Brent Crowe
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Mount Angel Seminary

Jonathan Davis
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Daniel Daza-Jaller
Diocese of Palm Beach
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

Joseph Fessenden
Diocese of Nashville
Notre Dame Seminary

Mason Fraley
Archdiocese of Denver
St. John Vianney Seminary

Matthew Gomez
Archdiocese of Miami
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

James Handerhan
Diocese of Birmingham
Notre Dame Seminary

Philip Klaas
Diocese of Madison
Immaculate Conception College Seminary

Jarred Kohn
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary

Steven Nolan
Diocese of Madison
Saint Paul Seminary

Andrew Pacheco
Diocese of Santa Rosa in California
Saint Patrick’s Seminary

Amado Ramos-Hernandez
Diocese of Austin
Notre Dame Seminary

Mauro Sanchez-Gonzalez
Diocese of Sioux City
St. John Vianney Seminary

Joseph Sanderson
Diocese of Burlington
St. John’s Seminary

Pedro Saucedo, Jr.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. John’s Seminary

Andrew Smith
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary

William Wheeler
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. John’s Seminary

Jacob Willig
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary


Announcing the Rome Experience 2014!

October 16, 2013

christ-preaches-the-apostles-duccioTHE ROME EXPERIENCE 2014
“The Ministry and Life of Priests for a New Evangelization” 
May 19 – July 1, 2014

In 2013 the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy published the Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests 2013. As stated in the Directory, “the reflection on the future of the priesthood coincides with the future of evangelization.”

The Rome Experience 2014 program will focus on the major themes presented in this document, specifically providing the seminarians with the opportunity–through pilgrimages, specialized courses, prayer, fraternity, and unity with the Holy Father–“to deepen what it means to be a priest” and to reflect on the importance of the “…priest’s duty to be suitably prepared in order not to attenuate his identity and to respond to the needs of the new evangelization” (Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests 2013, no. 87).

Founded in 2007, the Rome Experience provides seminarians preparing for the diocesan priesthood the opportunity to contemplate and nurture their divine call to the priesthood and to holiness as they pray and study in the heart of the Catholic Church, beside the Chair of St. Peter, and at the tombs of the saints and martyrs.

Diocesan seminarians interested in applying must be recommended by their bishops and vocation directors and must have completed First Year Theology by the start of the program.

Applications are due by Monday, January 13, 2014.

For more information visit http://www.theromeexperience.org or contact us at 630-739-9750 x 28 or info@theromeexperience.org.


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