Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Chateau on Mariah Hill

I happened to be at Saint Meinrad Seminary on Monday, which also happened to be the first day of classes for our eight seminarians in residence. I prayed evening prayer with them and Fr. Ron Knott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville who is the director at St. Meinrad of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

The seminarians and I went to dinner in nearby (by southern Indiana standards) Mariah Hill (the fried chicken at The Chateau was excellent, but I hear that their specialty is the catfish). The normal first day jitters were apparent, but so was a great sense of fraternity among our guys and a confidence that they are where God has called them to be, at least for now.

It is always encouraging to me be with our seminarians. Their humor, generosity, faithfulness, and humility are inspiring. Please pray for our guys at St. Meinrad, St. Mary's, Theological College, and Bishop Brute. May they be formed in Christ as servants to the people of God.

Peter and Jack, two of our new seminarians at St. Meinrad.

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