Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Seminarians’ player-coach leads by example

Kenrick-Glennon seminarian Josh Deters served as player-coach in the Soals and Goals soccer match against a team of priests and friends. The game is an annual event to encourage vocations fo the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

On the field, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary defender Josh Deters specializes in goal prevention. But like the other players in perhaps the most anticipated annual soccer game in St. Louis, his personal goal involves reaching souls.

Hence, the game of the year — the Souls and Goals Soccer Cup: the K-G Lions vs. the Clergy and Company.

Convivium gives seminarians the chance to meet generous benefactors

As guests trickled into the Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, Kenrick-Glennon seminarians anxiously waited to serve them, with the joy of the Gospel visible on the seminarians' smiling faces.

With the exception of serving dinner and busing tables, Kenrick-Glennon's finest performed all of the tasks associated with 25th annual Convivium, the dinner/auction which is the seminary's largest fundraiser.

“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."

Kenrick-Glennon nears capacity

Kenrick-Glennon seminarians David Halfmann, left, and Tim Markowski joked in the refectory at the seminary. Kenrick-Glennon is almost at capacity, with 132 men filling up all but one of the 133 spots at the seminary.

In his fourth year at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, David Halfmann has noticed a subtle difference in the first few weeks of the academic year.

There are more seminarians than before.

"Every day I meet three or four more people," said Halfmann, a senior in the Cardinal Glennon College program. "It used to be you'd walk into class and know everybody. Nowadays, I walk into class and don't know half of them. ... I enjoy seeing familiar faces and meeting the new guys."

‘Men for Christ’

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As the sun set on the second day of Kenrick-Glennon Days on June 6, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson mingled with seminary alumni priests who had come to support the seminarians, counselors and campers at the annual summer camp.

It had been a good day. The boys opened the day with morning prayer, participated in fun-filled activities — including baptism practice — before and after mid-day Mass, then competed in evening Water Olympics, the culmination of fun times at camp.

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.

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