As students throughout the Diocese head back to school, so have fifteen of our sixteen diocesan seminarians (one is on a parish pastoral year) to resume their studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook (Philadelphia). Five seminarians are entering their first year of priestly formation and two deacons are completing their final year, looking forward to ordination June 1, 2024.
Following their retreat and summer work, our seminarians come from all over the Diocese from different parishes, schools and backgrounds. Working with the Bishop, Msgr. Thomas Mullelly serves as Director of Seminarians as well as Vicar for Clergy and Religious.
“Classes are going very well,” remarked St. Charles seminarian Kyle Holler. “I am beginning my apostolate at a parish today. I am very excited!”
“We have gotten off to a great start this semester at the Mount,” observed seminarian Alan Bridges. “We are keeping our traditional ‘Trenton Tuesdays,’ having dinner together and celebrating Compline.”
Father Pablo Gadenz, priest of the Diocese of Trenton and seminary professor at Mount St. Mary, noted, “I just finished the first week of classes and things are going well here.”
“Our seminarians are a great group and the future looks bright with them,” said Bishop O’Connell. “We need to keep them all in our prayers as they pursue their calling and to pray that ‘the Lord of the harvest will send MORE laborers into his harvest!”
The seminarians from the Diocese who attend St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pa., are shown in back row, from left, Jesse Kundrat, Rev. Mr. Brian Meinders and Kyle Holler. In front row are, Dominic Amilcare, Harry Kingsmill and Jake Snyder. Staff photo