“Holy Spirit at work”

It'll be an action-packed couple of weeks in November for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the archdiocesan Office of Vocations, with five — count 'em, five — significant events compressed into 15 days, focusing on priestly formation now and in the future. And there's a little entertainment mixed in.

With so many vocations events upcoming, it's "game on."

Seminarians serve as “ambassadors for Christ” at Kenrick-Glennon Days

For Theology III seminarian Tony Ritter, Kenrick-Glennon Days marked the first time he viewed priests as regular guys who enjoy sports and have fun, not as mystery men who wear robes or act serious all the time.

Same with seminarians David Halfmann, a senior in the Cardinal Glennon College program, and Patrick Russell, a Theology III classmate of Ritter. In fact, former campers among seminarians, whether in college or theology programs, tell similar stories about seeing priests as normal people for the first time and opening their hearts and minds to discern God's calling.

Midshipman answers the call at Kenrick-Glennon

While attending the U.S. Naval Academy last year, current seminarian Andrew Hunt, left, realized that the call to the priesthood was stronger than his desire to stay at the Academy. He credits the Catholic community at the Naval Academy with encouraging his discernment.

With an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Andrew Hunt seemed to have his plans set for at least the next nine years, maybe more.

He'd spend four years at the academy in Annapolis, Md., then five more as a commissioned officer in the Navy. After that, he'd either become career military, just as his father, John, was for 34 years in the Air Force, or parlay his Naval experience into a rewarding career.

Either way, it seemed that he would fulfill the dreams nurtured by tagging along as a young child with his dad to Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Ill.

Kenrick-Glennon classes to show links of science, theology

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary professor John Finley taught Philosophy of Nature to juniors and pre-theology I students at the seminary.

In some quarters of society, faith and science are considered to be mutually exclusive, akin to oil and water, incompatible with modern life.

One problem with that: It's wrong. The two fit hand in glove.

"Absolutely, they go together," said John Finley, a philosophy professor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. "Anything legitimately discovered by science can only help in terms of the overall evangelization effort of our Church ... and our understanding of God's creation.

"Since God is the author of it all, of course, it's going to complement what we learn in theology."

Chapel renovation is final phase of seminary work

Lisa Johnston
Father Jason Schumer, director of worship and assistant professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, led Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on a tour of the chapel in the early stages of its renovation. The sanctuary furnishings and pews have been removed and the project is expected to be completed in late spring 2015. The renovations include changes to the sanctuary and nave. A new altar, ambo, and presider’s chair are among other improvements.

Echoes of hammering and drilling filled the normally quiet respite of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury late last month.

Father Jason Schumer, director of worship at the seminary, stopped by to check out the work of removing the pews and to explain the efforts underway at what is known as the heart of the seminary. "The guys spend at least a couple hours a day here," Father Schumer said.

Seminary expansion, renovation comes to fruition

LISA JOHNSTON | Faith for the Future project renovations at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary have been completed.  A new gated entranceway at greets visitors to the main entrance.
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