Alumni Day Paid Tribute To Board Members, Jubilarians
The annual Seminary Alumni Day celebration, held on Monday, September 19th, was a tremendous event and I hope that you had a chance to participate in the Mass, dinner festivities or both. This year, the Seminary paid tribute to longtime members of the Seminary Board of Regents—Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Mr. John C. Marous, Jr.
If you were unable to join us, please take a look at the multimedia section of our website to view video clips from this memorable day. Both Cardinal Wuerl and Mr. Marous serve as key members of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents for many years, providing direction, guidance and leadership to the administration, faculty members and staff members. Thanks to their diligent work and dedication to the seminary, we can be proud to say that we offer one of the most complete priestly formation programs in the United States.
Also present on September 19th were many seminary alumni from a wide variety of dioceses. As is our tradition, the seminary also paid tribute to the alumni jubilarians who were celebrating 25, 40, 50 and 60 years of service to the Church since their graduation from the seminary. It is always a pleasure to talk with our alumni as they are usually very willing to share a story (or two) about their experiences during the “formative years”!
One recent visitor shared a few interesting stories about the very strict rules that were imposed on seminarians “back in the day”. One such rule was that it was strictly forbidden to have any contact with the outside world via newspaper, television or radio. As is human nature, several “creative” seminarians were able to circumvent the rules, particularly during key sporting events such the World Series. In those days, the college students shared the same dormitory (but not the same floor) as the seminarians.
If the college students placed their radios in certain positions on the outside window sills, the seminarians were able to open their windows so as to share in the excitement of the ballgame (and yes, still “obey” the no-radio rule)! During my six years as the Director of Development for the seminary, I have been privileged to meet so many of our distinguished priest alumni and members of the Board of Regents.
These people are so very impressive because they are truly giving of themselves with no expectation of any personal gain. As such, they give selflessly of their time, talent and treasure for the sole benefit of the ongoing success of the seminary, and ultimately the growth of the Church through the grace of God. Whether you are an alumnus, a board member or a dedicated member of the laity who believes in the formation of priests, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of Saint Vincent Seminary.
If you have not joined us for the annual Alumni Day celebration recently, please know that you are very welcome to do so in the future. In addition to Alumni Day, we host two very important fundraising events in the winter and spring, namely our Mardi Gras celebration and our Seminary Scholarship Banquet.
These are great times to mingle with seminarians and our alumni to learn more about the seminary and the excellent formation programs offered. As we approach the end of 2011, we will soon be sending our annual Christmas Appeal to each of our constituents. Please look for this in late November and consider a gift to the Seminary this Christmas. Your donation would directly benefit the education of a future priest and leader within the Church.
If you are new to the seminary environment and would like to learn about our formation programs and events to support the seminary, please visit our website. If you are interested in a visit, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (724) 532-6740 or email me. I would be happy to introduce you to some of our faculty and staff members and give you a tour of our facilities. Thank you for your ongoing support, and I hope to see you at a future Seminary event.
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