The "awesome responsibility" of preparing the next generation of priests was cited Sept. 1 at a Mass marking the opening of the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary school year and the installation of Jesuit Father John Horn as its new rector.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, celebrant of the Mass, welcomed the new rector and invoked the outpouring of the Holy Spirit's grace on the new rector and the faculty. The Archbishop also asked for blessings upon the seminarians as they begin the academic year. The Mass included a profession of faith and oath of fidelity by Father Horn and the faculty.
Sister Hang Pham, ASC, who has served in St. Louis in recent years, will profess her final vows as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ at an 11 a.m. Mass Saturday, Aug. 20, in the chapel at the congregation's Ruma Center, 2 Pioneer Lane in Ruma, Ill.
Sister Hang, 45, is the daughter of Gia and Hue Pham of Overland Park, Kan. Baptized Catherine, Sister Hang was born in the central region of Vietnam. After Saigon's fall in 1975, her father was imprisoned for three years in a Viet Cong re-education camp and then released. The family relocated to Overland Park in 1992 when Sister Hang was 26.
St. Martha, whose feast day is celebrated July 29, was, in her lifetime, perhaps best known for being a hard worker, a servant of the Lord.
But in the lessons learned from her life, there's something to be said about taking time from the laborious distractions of life and staying focused on what should be the center of our lives: Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has appointed Father Christopher M. Martin as the new director of the archdiocesan Office of Vocations.
He will fill a position held the last three years by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice, who has added new administrative duties with the archdiocese since his ordination as a bishop in January. Father Martin, associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, will begin his new role in June. Bishop Rice will continue serving in the Vocations Office through early August to help with the transition and with the conclusion of various summer programs.
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is among Catholic seminaries nationwide involved in the Parresia Project, a grant-funded, cooperative response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid rise in the number of international priests and seminarians serving the Catholic Church in the United States.
The project conducts research into a variety of topics concerning international clergy, the programs that serve them, and the diocesan and religious agencies that receive them.
Rev. Mr. Brian Roeseler, a former Kenrick-Glennon seminarian from the St. Louis Archdiocese, will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo., at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at St. Dominic Church in Colorado Springs by Bishop Michael Sheridan.