The ministry of acolyte is a stage seminarians go through before being ordained to the diaconate and, after that, the priesthood. It confers on the candidate his role to assist deacons and priests during the Mass.
Stephen Coutcher, a Rhode Island seminarian who spent the summer of 2018 teaching English in Ukraine, urged those who feel helpless about the current situation there to pray for peace.
What does a seminarian do to prepare for priestly ministry? Pray. Check. Take theology classes. Check. Minister in parishes, hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. Check. Cut down trees and split wood. Wait, what?
Not a day goes by that identical twins Luke and Ben Daghir don’t get confused for each other. It’s probably even more confusing now since Luke and Ben, both graduate seminarians, wear black shirts with white clerical collars.
Some of the leading figures in the American Catholic Church responsible for the response to the clerical sex abuse convened on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 25 with a consensus that while the church has been slow to reform, change is underway.
The University of Notre Dame Sept. 21 released a groundbreaking report that looked at sexual harassment in U.S. Catholic seminaries, revealing that just six percent of seminarians reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment or misconduct, while 90 percent reported none.
One of the two people who died in a bus crash in Colorado on June 23 was a seminarian originally from Staten Island.
When Pascal Siakam was in his young teens attending a minor seminary in Cameroon — and mostly playing soccer in his free time — he likely never imagined he’d be playing in the NBA Finals.
Eleven seminarians participated in the ceremony, including Luis Marquez and Randy Nguyen of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who both completed their graduate courses in Catholic philosophical studies. Both will now move on to a major seminary.