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!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Most members of the rising Theology II class at Saint Paul Seminary are currently participating in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs at various hospitals throughout the Midwest. I, along with two classmates from SPS, and another seminarian from the Diocese of New Ulm, are in Sioux Falls, SD at Avera Health for our CPE placement.

We began on May 26 and will continue until August 7. The four of us here have been split up among several different clinical sites for our pastoral experience. I have been working at a Hospice and nursing home facility, which has enabled me to practice and learn about ministry to the dying and their families. It has been a very powerful and humbling few weeks. I am grateful for the experience, which I am sure will prove beneficial to me as a pastor one day.

Please pray for all of us, and for the patients and their families. CPE can be a test of patience and endurance at times, but in the end will help us to be better shepherds of souls, after the Heart of the Good Shepherd Himself.

All Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.