Today is the feast day of St. Charles Borromeo. St. Charles lived in the 16th Century and was a cardinal of the Church. He was responsible for significant reforms in the Church, including the creation of seminaries to support the education and spiritual life of those preparing for the priesthood. Due to St. Charles' immense work for an educated clergy, he is now considered the patron saint of seminarians.
To celebrate this great feast day, the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, have put together a short video about an average day in the life of a seminarian. We hope you enjoy it! May God bless you abundantly throughout the Year of Faith!
Special thanks to Msgr. Steven Rohlfs and the faculty and staff of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary for allowing us to film within the seminary, to Deacon Gaurav Shroff (Archdiocese of Atlanta), Zak Barry, Bob Garrow, David Huneck, Patrick Hake, Bill Meininger, Chris Sindelar, and Craig Borchard (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend). St. Charles Borromeo, pray for us!
We are so blessed to have many good, holy young men studying for the priesthood. Here are some ways we can show them our love and support:
-Send them cards, letters and care packages, especially around their birthdays, feast days, or during finals
-Introduce yourself to the seminarians you encounter at your parish or diocesan functions, especially when they are home on summer break
-Pick up a copy of the diocesan vocations poster and pray for a different seminarian each day
-Offer a family rosary for seminarians
-Encourage the young people in your life to be open to God’s calling
-Join the SERRA club to foster and support vocations
-Support seminarian education through the Pentecost Collection and Annual Bishops Appeal