Bp. James V. Johnston recently met with diocesan seminarians for the Seminarian Gathering at Forsyth. The annual event was held Aug. 4-7 and concluded the summer with several days of prayer and fellowship at a lakeside resort. The retreat came as a welcome “pause” for the men after several weeks of summer ministry and formation opportunities around the diocese, many beyond the diocesan borders.
Most of the seminarians had opportunities for ‘ora et labora’ (‘pray and work’) at Trinity Hills, the diocesan center for prayer, formation, and service, and a few took part in the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences in Springfield in July. Several seminarians also volunteered at summer sessions of Camp Re-NEW-All in both Fredericktown and Cassville, as well as spent time in parish ministry.
“Seminarian formation doesn’t just happen in school studying theology,” said Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. “Formation also happens when the men are out among the people of the diocese and with each other.” Read more