April 26 – World Day of Prayer for Vocations

USCCB Vocations Prayer CardThe 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be held on April 26, the fourth Sunday of Easter. The purpose of this Day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).

Please join the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary community in praying that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage.

Annual Catholic Appeal

Perhaps the most familiar and fondly embraced prayers is the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. Those who pray this prayer do not ask to be consoled, understood, or loved. Instead, they ask to be the one who will console, understand, and love. In doing so, we become instruments of God’s peace.Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

The Annual Catholic Appeal proclaims a message of hope and peace, celebrating the sacraments, and serving others in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Each year, supporters provide resources for many ministries and apostolates that address spiritual and material poverty. Please join the seminary community in sowing seeds of joy, hope and truth throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis by making a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal. For further information, visit archstl.org/aca.

“Priest for a Day” is a Wish That Came True

St. Louis Review | Joseph Kenny | April 2, 2015

Priest for a DayMake-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches. When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all. “He didn’t want anything,” explained his mother, Eileen. “They had to keep asking him, ‘What would you like to do? Do you want to meet anybody? What do you want to be when you grow up?'”…

“I said, ‘I really want to be a priest,'” he said.

So, on Holy Thursday, at the invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Brett took his place beside the altar at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as “Priest For a Day.” Brett served not one but two Masses — the Chrism Mass and the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper — and held the book for Archbishop Carlson for prayers after the homilies. At the evening Mass, he was with 11 seminarians having their feet washed by Archbishop Carlson, and his parents brought up the gifts of bread and wine…

Ministry in the Oil Patch

Diocese of Bismarck | By Patti Armstrong | April 1, 2015Kovash, Russ_Credit to Diocese of Bismarck

As tens of thousands of workers pour into Western North Dakota, it is a unique time to be a priest in the Bismarck Diocese’s oil patch region. Booms came and went in the ’50s and ’80s, but this time is different. It is bigger, expected to last for many years, and it coincided with a national economic slump…

Fr. Russ Kovash (KGS Class of 2009) arrived as pastor at St. Joseph in Williston in the summer of 2012…Population jumped from 13,014 in 2009 to 29,595 by 2014 and perhaps around 50,000 when temporary workers are included.

“We have a school and church to run and a lot more going on here,” Fr. Kovash said. “Some days, we might have as many as 20 people come in. Every person needs time for us to find out what they need.” But, he said his staff is “phenomenal” so they handle it well.

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Chapel Renovation is Looking Heavenly

St. Louis Review | Joseph Kenny | March 25, 2015

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Below, craftsmen sawed boards and above, electricians worked on wiring in the attic of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury as renovation makes its way toward a late-spring completion.

The work is the final phase of the seminary renovation funded by the Faith for the Future campaign. The rest of the project at the college and graduate school of theology, which serves seminarians for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses and religious communities, was completed in the fall of 2012. The chapel is to be consecrated on Sunday, May 3.

Immediately, the ceiling stands out. It has been been resurfaced, painted with stars, sunbursts and rays of light. “It’s the heavens,” architect James McCrery said.