September 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.
Pictured left to right: Sam Hansen, Sr.Loretto Emenogu, and Fr. Mike Keucher
Growing a Catholic Community through the Eucharist
I had the privilege of spending this summer at St. Joseph and St. Vincent Parishes in Shelbyville, Indiana, about 40 minutes from where I live. I had been to Shelbyville for sports before, but never really got a chance to see the town. I did not expect such a vibrant Catholic community in this little town southeast of my home! When I moved in the same weekend as the St. Joseph parish festival, I learned that the Catholic Church was the biggest church in Shelbyville. It was made plain to me why. The people I met there are intentional disciples of Christ, from welcoming me into the parish, to welcoming strangers who visited. I found it especially unique that nearly half of the parish speaks Spanish and that everyone is connected in genuine friendships. I’m one who believes that the Holy
Trinity is the model of love for humanity, and God calls us to imitate this in many ways. A family, of course, is an icon of Divine Love, but I learned that a parish can be too.
Being around this image of love helped me in my discernment because I learned that the love between the priest and the Eucharist sustains parish communities. Many know Fr. Mike Keucher, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, pastor of St. Joseph and sacramental minister at St. Vincent, for his high energy and optimistic attitude, but I learned that he is a successful priest because of his love for the Blessed Sacrament. He and some parishioners started St. Joseph’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel two years ago, and he does a Holy Hour every day, no matter how busy he is. He also expanded altar serving to include many young people and often preaches about the importance of the Eucharist. In his Corpus Christi homily, he said, “It’s nice that we like to read the Bible, or say our own prayers, or sing hymns, or listen to someone preach, but what Jesus ask
s of us above all is that we celebrate Holy Mass every Sunday and Holy Day.” Overall, being at St. Joseph and St. Vincent has helped me to realize that even the holiest and best of priests still rely on the sacraments to nourish and sustain them. Everything good about the Catholic faith comes from the Eucharist, our source of Divine Love, because in Christ we become who we receive.
is a Bruté seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and a member of the Class of 2022.
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Fr. Joe's Recognition as Catholic Person of the Year by the Catholic Business Network
Congratulations to Fr. Joe Moriarty who on Thursday, August 26th, was recognized as the Catholic Person of the Year by the Indianapolis Catholic Business Network, an association of businesses and professionals devoted to the support and development of Catholic education. Fr. Joe has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past 28 years and is currently assigned as the Rector at Bruté.
, Director of Major and Planned Gifts for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, introduced Fr. Joe and presented him with the award with these words. "Anyone who has encountered Fr. Joe knows of his charisma, his humor, his passion for his own priesthood as well as his dedication to forming young men for their future vocations, and the charming way he seamlessly switches to an Irish brogue mid-sentence or when spontaneously breaking into song.
think we can all agree that his role at the seminary is critical to the future of our church. He is a gift to the Archdiocese, the seminary, his family, friends and all who know and love him. I cannot think of a better example of a faithful servant or an individual more deserving of the Catholic Person of the Year award than my friend, Fr. Joe."
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