It is not every day that our St. Mary Seminary gets to visit the Pope and have a personal audience with him. As a way to celebrate the seminary’s 175th anniversary, a group from St. Mary’s Seminary, made up of seminarians, faculty and staff, made a Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi this past week. If you go on to, you will be able to see a day by day tour of what they were up to and the sites they were able to pray at. On Monday, along with Bishop Malesic, the group were blessed to meet Pope Francis and listen to his words of wisdom. You can check out the whole article on vaticannews.va. Here’s a picture of the group below. Try to find Fr. Bline, Fr. Ott, Ryan Arto and Josh Stecz!
The Pope highlighted three key elements in his talk: listening to the Lord, walking together, and giving witness. Here are some words Pope Francis gave that you can pray with during Lent…
“Never forget the importance of placing yourselves before the Lord to hear what he wants to say to you. In fact, listening to God’s voice deep within our hearts and discerning his will is indispensable for our interior growth, particularly when we encounter urgent and difficult tasks….The Church needs your enthusiasm, generosity and zeal in order to show everyone that God is always with us, in every circumstance of life. I pray that, in the various educational and charitable apostolates in which you are already engaged, you will always be signs of a Church that goes forth, bearing witness to and sharing the merciful love of Jesus with all in the human family, especially the poor and those in need.”
Thank you for your prayerful support of vocations in the life of this parish,