2016 Convivium Dinner Auction


Each November, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary hosts The Convivium Dinner Auction to raise funds for our seminarians as they prepare to serve the Church as your parish priests. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, November 5th. The evening will begin with Mass in the seminary’s Chapel of St. Joseph, followed by silent and oral auctions, a raffle, and an elegant dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The proceeds from this event support the seminary’s annual operational budget, the Kenrick Student Life Association, the Cardinal Glennon College Student Activity Fund, and seminarian retreats.

For more information, visit our Convivium Dinner Auction webpage.

Fr. Martin Succeeds Cohort as National Vocations President

father-martinDave Luecking | St. Louis Review | October 20, 2016

Father Chris Martin barely had time to reflect on his new title as president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors.

Just a week after his election at the group’s annual convention in Boston, he was off to Rome for the first-ever World Summit on Vocations, called by Pope Francis. Father Martin is among 200 vocations directors from around the world, including five others from the United States, to be invited to the three-day summit. The Holy Father is slated to address the group Oct. 21.

Essentially, the summit will address the state of vocations from a global standpoint, with the vocations directors providing statistics and information about programs in their regions.

Through the lens of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, which has students from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses, vocations of future diocesan priests are doing well. Enrollment this year is 126, and has been in the 109-129 range over the past 10 years after a steep decline in the 40 years prior.

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Fall 2016 Herald Magazine

herald-cover-fall-2016The Fall 2016 issue of the Herald magazine is in the mail! We are eager to share our mission through this publication. Highlights from the issue include:

  • Letters from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Fr. James Mason
  • Family: The First Seminary by Paul Floersch, Pre-Theology II – Omaha
  • Surprised by Love: A Seminarian’s Reflection on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Deacon Laurent Okitakatshi, Theology IV – Tshumbe (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • 2015-2016 Annual Report

If you do not want to wait for the mail, you can click here to read the Fall Herald today! If you do not currently receive the Herald and would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact communications@kenrick.edu.

Advent Novena

advent-novenaYou are invited to join the seminary community for our Advent Novena, every evening between November 30th – December 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph. The evenings will include prayer, Scripture, a reflective homily, and hymns as we prepare for the joy and splendor of Christmas. Click here for more information, including a list of homilists.

Souls and Goals Soccer Cup

soccerThe annual Souls and Goals Soccer Cup will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at CBC High School. Watch the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions compete against Clergy & Company, a team of St. Louis priests (and their friends). The game is free and concessions will be available for purchase. Please arrive by 6:30 for the start of the program; kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

This match is held during National Vocation Awareness Week —a week-long celebration to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education.

For further details, visit soulsandgoals.org.

Priesthood Reflection

By Paul Floersch – Pre-Theology II, Omaha_A6Q2698

My brother Louis rarely says kind things.  However, he also rarely says unkind things.  So in sum, he doesn’t say much.  Which is why I listened carefully to his reaction when I told him I was pursuing the priesthood.  His response brought me great satisfaction:  “Wow.  You’d be a great priest.  You are so good with people.”  I was so pleasantly surprised that my brother— who wasn’t so good with people—would have the humility to tell me that I would make a good priest precisely because I was good with people.  Needless to say, I’ve held this brief conversation close to heart.

However, being good with people, I have quickly learned, is a talent which, in its singularity, is an insufficient ingredient for the concoction of a priest.  Perhaps arrogantly, I thought that this talent of mine would be the secret ingredient for an excellent priesthood. 

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