Buon viaggio!

May 21, 2012

The Rome Experience 2012 is officially underway! 

After gathering for a brief orientation in Chicago, the Rome Experience Class of 2012 is departing today for France where they will begin the program with a week-long silent retreat in Ars near the Shrine of St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests.

After the retreat, the class will depart to Rome where they will spend the following five weeks– praying, studying, and immersing themselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the heart of the Church.

Class of 2012- you are in our prayers and we wish you a safe and unforgettable experience!


Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

June 9, 2010

“Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father from June 9-11, 2010.

With the announcement of this Year for Priests, the Pope has declared St. John Vianney the Universal Patron of Priests on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the Curé d’Ars.”

The above is from the “Year for Priests” website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  For more information, here is the link:


There’s a first time for everything

May 20, 2010

who: Gabriel Lopez-Betanzos, Diocese of Madison
what: trying on a clerical shirt for the first time
where: at my summer assignment – St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville, WI
when: 3 May 2010
why: I’ve never worn clerics before

Seminarian Gabriel Lopez-Betanzos wears clerics for the first time ever

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