This past Thursday, August 21st, I attended a meeting hosted by Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for all pastors who would be serving as supervisors for seminarians for this coming academic year. The purpose of this meeting was to review the goals and expectations of the program for the seminarians and the role the pastor would play in the formational supervision of the seminarian assigned to his parish. Fr. Tom Molini, Director of Formation, spoke of the needed integration of four areas of the seminarians development: the intellectual, spiritual, human and pastoral. In other words, the seminarian needs to take what is taught from books in an academic environment and apply it to real people and their situations as found in the parish.
I am completing my eighth year in the parish and this will be the seventh year that this parish has been asked to host a seminarian in this capacity. What does this mean? It means the professors and students are talking about you…in a good sense. They deem what is happening here as an opportunity of leaning for the seminarian placed here for the academic year. Here the seminarian will develop skills that will assist him later on in his parish after ordination, especially in the area of liturgy. Even should the seminarian decide to withdraw from the seminary, hopefully, he will continue to make use of the skills acquired here in whatever vocation he pursues.
Towards the end of the meeting the seminarians had the opportunity to meet with their pastors to whom they will be assigned. I am happy to say for this coming academic year we will have two seminarians assigned to the parish. They are Mr. Joseph Miloscia studying for St. Louis, and Mr. Evaristus Ucheonye studying for Belize. Both Joe and Evaristus are second year theology students and are instituted acolytes. This latter means they will be assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, so I would ask our extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion to be aware of this, and permit them to exercise their particular ministry when they are present.
On behalf of all parishioners and staff of St. Luke I want to welcome Evaristus and Joe to the parish.
As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend I wish to conclude this column with the words of Pope Francis on work, “We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.”
Lastly I wish you and your families a safe and restful holiday, and let us remember…"All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Monsignor William McCumber