2015 Convivium Dinner Auction

IMG_6684The Convivium Dinner Auction was established in 1992 as the seminary’s sole annual fundraising event. Throughout its 23-year history, this event has experienced tremendous growth. Last year, this event sold out with over 300 guests and raised nearly $300,000 for our seminary’s programs of priestly formation and education.

Convivium 2015 will take place on November 7, 2015. The evening includes Mass, silent and oral auctions, a raffle, and an elegant dinner. For further information, please click here.

“Answer the Call” Presented by The Serra International Foundation

The Serra International Foundation recently released a video titled “Answer the Call.” The video includes highlights from the 2015 St. Louis ordinations as well as interviews with our President-Rector Father James Mason, former President-Rector Father John Horn SJ, and new alumni-priests Father  Daniel Kavanagh (Class of 2015) and Father Peter Fonseca (Class of 2015).

Serra was founded in 1951 to assist in fostering and promoting vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.

Restored Prairie Offers a Glimpse at the Past

St. Louis Review | July 29, 2015 | Story by Dave Luecking2015 08_Prairie Grass

As the sun came up on a sleepy summer morning, the prairies and woodlands teamed with life.

Squirrels and rabbits scampered about, deer ambled nearby and a fox foraged for rodents. Meanwhile, hummingbirds tasted the sweet nectar of purple beebalms, honey bees pollinated prairie wild flowers, and a horse and buggy with human cargo got its kicks on the dirt trail known later as U.S. Route 66.

The year was 1800; St. Louis had been founded only 35 years prior, and it was better than 100 years before the Archdiocese of St. Louis built what became Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and almost 200 years before Don Henley of Eagles fame penned the lyrics for “The Last Resort”: “You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.”

Progress over the inevitable march of time indeed has paved paradise, but wilderness remains at the two archdiocesan properties in modern-day Shrewsbury: Cardinal Rigali Center along with neighboring Cardinal Ritter Senior Services complex; and the aforementioned seminary.

In particular, Kenrick-Glennon offers a glimpse at how the area looked before the 20th century, with seeds from the past planted in the present. Similar to 1800, flora and fauna once again abound circa 2015, with about half of the 44-acre seminary property restored with native prairie grasses and wild flowers that once populated the region…

In Memoriam: William Cardinal Baum

Please pray for the repose of the soul of His Eminence William Cardinal Baum, Cardinal Glennon College Class of 1945 and Kenrick School of Theology Class of 1951. Cardinal Baum was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City in 1951 and served as Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau before being named Archbishop of Washington. At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving US cardinal.

Papa-Palooza on September 19th

Papa Palooza 2015

On September 19th, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host “Papa-palooza” on the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary campus (near the soccer field). This afternoon of fun is a local celebration of the Philadelphia World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit. Visit archstl.org/palooza for the schedule and registration information. You may also contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Laity and Family Life at 314-792-7173 or 314-792-7170 with questions or concerns.

Summer Ministry Assignments

Each May, our seminarians depart the seminary for the summer. During the summer months, many of the men participate in a variety of ministry assignments. Below are a few examples of our seminarians’ summer experiences.

Taylor Leffler, Theology II - Omaha: Studying Spanish in Guatemala
Drew Hoffman, Theology III - Wichita: Combating Hunger in the Wichita Diocese
Cole Bestgen, College III - St. Louis: Chaplain for Philmont Scout Ranch in NM
Michael Kemp, Pre-Theology II - Belize City & Belmopan: Summer Placement in Belize