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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
September 2002

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Dear friends and benefactors,

During the last week of August, our priests and I headed south of the border to Juarez, Mexico, where Bishop Davila and his priests sponsored a traditional Catholic priests’ conference and graciously hosted the clergy for four days of theological lectures and discussions.

The primary purpose of this meeting was to foster a greater unity amongst the priests of the United States and Mexico. This is especially beneficial as most of our priests rarely have an opportunity to meet with priests from other countries.

As most of the lectures were prepared throughout the summer, they were pre-translated into English and Spanish, which helped facilitate the comprehension of the material. We were further assisted by the use of head phones and translators. This made for quite an interesting conference. Before the conclusion of the conference, it was decided to schedule our next meeting for the summer of 2003. Tentatively, it will be held in Omaha, Nebraska during the first week of August. Such conferences bring to our minds the words of the psalms: “Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fraters in unam” (Ps 132) (“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”).

Another interesting bit of news is the necessity for us to renew our legal status with the Department of Immigration (INS) in order for us to receive foreign students into the seminary. After the September 11th terrorist attack, the government has begun to tighten the screws on foreign students’ visas to the United States. Although we presently retain our status to receive foreign students, all schools must renew their applications and there will be a stricter accountability on the part of the schools to report the departure or absence of foreign students. Unfortunately, these measures should have been implemented long ago to prevent our country from being inundated with foreigners who have received student visas with no intention of receiving an education in our country. At this point, Mater Dei Seminary has petitioned the INS for four student visas — two for seminarians from New Zealand and two for seminarians from Germany.

While on the subject of visas, we have successfully acquired visas for two traditional priests to assist us here in the United States. One is from Mexico (to serve at Mt. St. Michaels) and the other is from Argentina (to work at Mater Dei Seminary); both will arrive this first week of September.

Needless to say, our facilities here in Omaha are full and we need to look seriously at an expansion plan.

As always, we are most grateful for your continued support of the seminary and daily remember you in our prayers.

With our prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

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