Monday, November 24, 2014

FATIMA


This past weekend I was blessed to have been able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima Portugal where our Lady of the Holy Rosary appeared to three children in 1917.
It was a very special time and brought back many memories of praying the rosary at home with the Blue Army group back in grade school.  My Mom organized the group and would teach us all about the apparitions at Fatima.  For as long as I can remember there has been a statue of our Lady of Fatima in our house.
It was great to be able to make the pilgrimage with Father Matthew Cowan and two other seminarians from my class here at the North American College.
Know that I prayed for the entire diocese of Gaylord while I was there and asked for our Lady's intercession for our Bishop, priests, deacons, seminarians and lay faithful.  I also asked for good and holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Lastly, I brought, in prayer, all my family and friends to our Lady asking for her protection and intercession.
Our Lady, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, Pray for us!

This was taken at the end of the procession which followed the reciting of the rosary on Friday night at the apparition site.  You may recognize the back of the head of the person on the right. 
Myself and Michael Niemczak (Classmate and seminarian of the diocese of Santa Fe) standing before the apparition site and the Church in which are the tombs of two of the visionary children: Francisco and Jacinta.

Father Cowan, me and Michael Dion (Classmate and seminarian from the diocese of Seattle)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pontifical Hockey Outing to the Blue Jackets Hockey Game



20 seminarians and 4 priests all went to tonight's game, Blue Jackets vs. Sharks. The Blue Jackets won 2-1. It was a great outing with my fellow seminarian brothers..... but nothing beats watching the Red Wings :-)  



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day at the Pontifical seminary



Please continue to pray for the Veterans and for peace throughout the world. May Our Lady watch over us.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pontifical Halloween



 

                        Happy Halloween 
             from the #1 Pontifical Seminary 

A beautiful picture during our outside Mass on All Souls Day


ALL SOULS DAY IN AUSTRIA

This past weekend I visited a priest friend of mine in Austria in a small town near Vienna.  He is a Filipino priest but studies in Austria and helps at the local churches.  




Attached a few pictures of the small Church I helped out at for All Saints and All Souls day.   The Church was very small as you can see but full of beauty.  The Stain glass windows were amazing. The Church, St. Helena, is in need of great repair but has a solid group of parishioners who are doing there best to restore it and get people back in the pews.  It was a joy to visit with them and to hear the history of this area. The Church dates to back to the 1400's. The picture on the bottom left is after All Souls Mass with Fr. Florencio and Barabara (the care taker for the Church)  She is a very faith-filled
woman and loves this little church.




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Installed as a Lector today :-)

Nick and Brad were installed as a Acolyte and I was installed as a Lector. 
:-)

Celebrating with my best friend Ryan Grey. :-)