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Weekly Update, April 26, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

Dear Theologians,

In Misericordiae Vultus, the papal bull declaring the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, beginning December 8, 2015, the Pope calls us to contemplate the mystery of mercy.

“We  need  constantly  to  contemplate  the  mystery  of  mercy.  It  is  a  wellspring  of  joy,  serenity,  and peace.  Our  salvation  depends  on  it.  Mercy:  the  word  reveals  the  very mystery  of  the  Most  Holy  Trinity.  Mercy:  the  ultimate  and  supreme  act  by  which  God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, #2)

Please keep our brothers from the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph in your prayers regarding the retirement of Bishop Finn.

Please keep Mr. Christopher Damo, St. Michael’s Knight of Columbus Member who died this past weekend at our Softball Tournament and his family in your prayers.  Details for the funeral will be forthcoming.

Please remember the deacons in prayer, as they will be taking their S.T.B. oral exams this week.

Congratulations to the Diocese of Victoria, Texas on their new bishop, Bishop-Elect Brendan Cahill.

Congratulations to all who participated in the 6th Annual 5K Shadow Nun Run. It was a very good Theologian turn-out.    

Thank you to all who made the Softball Tournament and the Hog Roast Cookout a success.

I would like to welcome the following individual this week:

  • Fr. Christopher Luoni, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Youngstown, visiting on Tuesday, April 28– Wednesday, April 29.

I thank you in advance for your attention in welcoming him to our home.

Tomorrow, Monday, April 27, there will be a house meeting which will begin in Conrardy Hall at 6:55p.m, followed immediately by a formation conference at 7:10p.m. We will break into small groups to do our pastoral experience review.

Tuesday, April 28, will be the Kleinz Society Gathering in the Jessing Center beginning at 7:00p.m.  All are invited to attend. This event is optional for Pre-Theologians.

Wednesday, April 29, there will be no fourth year conference with Fr. Iasiello. 

Wednesday, April 29, there will be a Holy Land Pilgrimage Meeting with Fr. Iasiello for Theology III Seminarians in Divinity Hall at 7:00pm.

Friday, May 1, will be the Diaconate Ordinations for the Diocese of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 7:00p.m.  Morning Prayer, Holy Hour and Evening Prayer will be in solitude.  Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. in St. Turibius Chapel for those not attending the Diaconate Ordination of Messrs. Jeremiah Guappone, Timothy Lynch, Daniel Schwartz and Stephen Smith at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.   Deacons who are attending the Diaconate Ordination are to report to the rectory next to St. Joseph’s Cathedral by 6:15p.m.  All other seminarians are to report in the Undercroft of St. Joseph’s Cathedral by 6:00p.m. The seminarians of the Diocese of Columbus are most grateful for their brother seminarian’s support in attending this exciting and joyous occasion.   Let us keep them in our prayers as they prepare for this important order in the church.

Saturday, May 2, there will be several seminarians along with Fr. Oxley running the Capital City Half-Marathon.   For those running the race, Fr. Oxley will celebrate Mass at 5:45a.m. in Saint Rose of Lima Chapel.

In Christ,

Fr. Oxley



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