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Assumption Seminary hosts Centennial Family and Friends Day

March 18, 2015 | posted by Praveen K. Lakkisetti

Topics: Vocations


Assumption Seminary hosts Centennial Family and Friends Day

Amidst the presence of parents, family members and friends of seminarians and alumni priests, Assumption Seminary celebrated Family Day on March 15. It was a day of memory, acknowledgement and gratitude to the parents and friends of seminarians and priests as the seminary celebrates the centennial of its mission.

The seminary faculty, seminarians, alumni priests of the archdiocese, women religious, families and friends joined Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, in thanking God through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

In his introduction, Father Jeff Pehl, rector of Assumption Seminary, welcomed and thanked the parents, family members and alumni for being present to celebrate the joy of vocation to priesthood through the generous offering of their sons to the process of formation. He commended their contribution to the formation of seminarians through the gift of their vocation to marriage and family life.

As all the guests gathered in Our Lady’s Chapel, Father Pehl explained the recent renovation of the chapel, as well as the significance of the architecture and the art, made possible through the generosity of benefactors, especially the Stations of the Cross, which were donated by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.

In his homily, Archbishop Gustavo thanked and acknowledged the presence of parents, seminarians and friends as the seminary continues to celebrate its centennial.

He identified the efforts of Msgr. Larry Stuebben, former archdiocesan vicar general, for planning an extensive year-long celebration of events commemorating the memory, mission and milestones of Assumption.

Commenting on the number of events, the archbishop humorously pointed out that the celebrations in this centennial year have been more than all the celebrations the seminary had since its existence. He further added that he is encouraged to add a few more during the months ahead.

From the readings of the day and their liturgical significance of the fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, Archbishop Gustavo noted that waiting is rooted in hope as we await the Easter joy.

Drawing inspiration from the words of Pope Francis, he reiterated the joy that needs to accompany one’s vocation to priesthood and reiterated the role of family in nurturing vocations. The archbishop enumerated the significance of God’s love manifested in Christ in his love for humanity. He pointed to the Lenten journey which is now half way through with the Fourth Sunday while noting that joy is not in saying, “what is over,” but to look forward to the celebration of the mysteries of salvation.

Prior to the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist, seminarians were acknowledged for offering their lives in the service of God through the gift of their vocation to priesthood.

The celebration continued after the Eucharist with a reception in St Joseph’s Cafeteria. The parents and the family members joined the seminary community together in the presence of religious and alumni priests of the archdiocese. It was a time of exchanging memories of the past about seminarians, now priests offering their lives in service to the church.

The parents and family members of the priests and seminarians expressed their joy for being present with their sons to celebrate the centennial joy and the gift of vocation. The attendance of the parents of alumni priests was an added joy as they recalled their fond memories in associating with the seminary.

Father Dennis Darilek, pastor of St. James Church in Seguin and coordinator of this centennial celebration, organized the reception in a creative and interactive manner together with Mike Davis, director for Institutional Advancement at Assumption Seminary.