Brute February 2020 enews
In this email we bring you our continuing monthly series of blogs written by our seminarians. We hope you find their writings to be spiritually uplifting and educational.
Catholic education influenced decision to enter seminary
My name is Dennis Trickey and I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, and a freshman at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. I love the faith formation, daily Mass, Adoration six times a week, and the brotherhood of the men who also live at this place I now call home.
I am an only child from Pierron, Illinois which is about 40 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. I attended public grade school, but my family and I decided it would be best for me to attend Catholic high school. After touring a few, I decided to enroll at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, Illinois about 20 minutes from my hometown. I decided on Mater Dei because of its mission of fostering faith. I wanted to deepen my relationship with God and yearned for a Catholic centered education. It also happens to be the same school that my mom and several other family members attended. I later found out that the principal and my dad grew up next door to each other. I remember thinking it felt like home when I walked through the doors to tour Mater Dei.
During my four years, I continued to grow in my relationship with God. I was moved by the faith community. Many of the teachers lived their faith and attended a daily prayer service before school. One showed us Dynamic Catholic videos during Advent and Lent, and I looked forward to seeing these spiritual and moving videos. The Theology teachers did a fantastic job in helping us not only learn but live and share our Catholic faith.
All students at Mater Dei are required to go on a class retreat every year. The retreats were influential in helping students live their faith more deeply. Students are also required to complete service hours every quarter to embed a sense of service. Each year, the seniors complete a three-week service project. I had the fortunate opportunity to serve at St Vincent de Paul Parish in St. Louis. I prepared meals for the homeless, unpacked deliveries and did other work around the facility. This experience gave me a new perspective for the homeless that I wouldn’t have experienced at another school. By helping those less fortunate, I grew to love my neighbors even more.
Another opportunity I had during my senior year was to teach third grade religion at St. Rose Parish in St. Rose, Illinois. This was a great experience, which helped me to grow deeper in my faith. I had a great teaching partner who also aided in my spiritual growth.
In high school, I decided to go on a personal retreat one summer. This retreat was life-changing for me spiritually. I encountered a powerful experience which got me thinking about entering the seminary. After lots of prayers and rosaries, I felt God was calling me to the seminary life. Once I knew this was my calling, I had discussions with my family and parish priest. When I told my Theology teachers at Mater Dei, the news spread quickly. I initially thought that I would be made fun of, but remembered I was attending a Catholic school, so I confirmed that I wanted to go into the seminary. Everyone has been supportive of my decision to strengthen my relationship with Christ.
I enjoyed my four years at Mater Dei. It assisted in altering my life in a way that helped me to follow God’s Will for me. Faithful teachers and the atmosphere of Catholicism helps to form students into becoming followers of Jesus Christ. I love Catholic schools!
is a Bruté seminarian studying for the Diocese of Springfield and is a member of the Class of 2023.
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