Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

He's gone--part 3 of the series

I'm still mourning the loss of Thomas. Of course, he's not completely gone; they've just moved him from the seminarian wing over to the administration wing. I figure that's only appropriate. All of us need our models and examples, and who better than St. Thomas Aquinas as the model par excellence for Theology faculty? I don't know that we can say there's ever been a better theologian! (I say this knowing full well that this is a minority view. St. Augustine is another usual candidate. I don't know of anyone else, except of course Jesus, but that's just not fair; he doesn't count.)

In Thomas' stead, however, we do finally have replacement for one of the few beautiful pieces of art that we seminarians had on our side of the building. They have given us a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits)--another theologian of the Church. Some generous graduates of the University of St. Thomas' Catholic Studies department (see the link in our links section) donated the statue to the seminary. God bless them.

Interestingly, though, a number of the seminarians have noticed how much one of our Theology IV deacons looks like the statue! He happily complied with my request for a photo. I'll let you be the judge. (The statue is the one on the left!)


Anonymous said...

What does Bauer's book say? Ad maiorem first floor gloriam?

Adoro said...

Oh my goodness, is that Deacon Bauer? LOL!

OK, no offense, but you people really need an artist. MAYBE he resembles the statue, but his hand is in the wrong position, the book is held wrong, and his gaze is not fixed correctly. I know the seminary is filled with attorneys, doctors, accountants, postal workers, etc....but don't you have an artist somewhere to deal with these artistic likenesses? Really....I want to see another photo (and a beard would be truly helpful.

Although I have to say this...although the Good Deacon carries a slight resemblence, the bone structure and the eyes are not the same. He wouldn't fool this reader. No doubt the piety is identical, and maybe even the holiness, though that would not show in comparison to the statue. :-)

Oh and in your next photo, make sure Deacon Bauer is wearing a cassock...if you're going to make him look like the statue, then my goodness, make sure he has the right exterior trappings!

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