June Tales from the Brute Castle
In this email we bring you our continuing monthly series of blogs written by our seminarians. We hope you find their writings spiritually uplifting and educational.
Adapting to Seminary Life
It was a new and uncomfortable experience when my family dropped me off at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. Seeing them drive away and knowing that I wouldn’t see them for a semester was a surreal feeling. I had been away from home before, but never for more than a week. Being separated from my friends and family was a small insight into the life of sacrifice ahead of me if, God willing, I am to become a priest.
I did not have long to dwell on this feeling because I was thrown into orientation activities. As we learned about the expectations of seminary living, I began to realize how much this first year would push me beyond my comfort zone. I’ve never really liked change. Unfortunately, it appeared that the adjustment to life at the seminary would be a complete turnaround from the way I had been living. I went from living at home, working construction full time and spending time with my friends and family, to living in a community, studying as a full-time student and being surrounded by new faces.
The transition was a stressful experience to me. Adding to the stress was the element of discernment. After days where the change felt unbearable, I had to deal with the question, “am I even called to be here?” I could feel the weight of what it means to be a seminarian.
However, it was during these trials that I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how to trust in the Holy Spirit. Every day, I prayed to God in the Our Father, “Thy will be done.” Yet would I seldom think about what this meant. Often when I would pray to know God’s will, I was really just praying for God to change His will to match mine. This realization helped my prayer life. In prayer, I could bring to God the sacrifices of having to let go of my old life. During my first year at seminary, I learned how to trust God during the tumultuousness of change. I wonder what changes God will have in store for me when I return to Bruté in the fall for my sophomore year?
is a Bruté seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and a member of the Class of 2024.
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The Bishop Simon Bruté Society
The Bishop Simon Bruté Society was established on the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary to honor the people who generously support the seminary with financial contributions.
Members of the Bishop Simon Bruté Society contribute a $1,000 or more annually to the seminary and are recognized in the fall issue of our printed newsletter, The Bishop Simon Bruté Focus. Be sure to make your contribution before June 30, 2021 to be included in the next Honor Roll of Donors.
Bishop Bruté Days will be July 5-7, 2021
Bishop Bruté Days (July 5-7, 2021)
is a retreat for young men, grades 9-12, who are seeking to grow closer to Christ, and may be open to the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. The retreat gives young men the opportunity to spend three days with the Bishop Bruté college seminarians learning about prayer, service, scripture, and the awesome gift of our Catholic faith.
Bishop Bruté Days Jr. (Wednesday, July 7, 2021)
is a one day experience is for young men who are in junior high (7-8th grade). It is designed to focus on general discernment and serve as an introduction to Bishop Brute College Seminary.
Know a young man that may be interested in Bruté Days?
for registration information.
What's it like to discern a vocation at Bruté?
Check out this new video,
he Heart of Discernment
, that was created by Brute Seminarian Khaing Thu, Class of 2022.
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