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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
February 2003

Other articles in this newsletter:
   A Masterpiece of Craftsmanship
   Moral Theology: Gifts on the Occasion of an Invalid Marriage

Dear friends and benefactors,

During our biannual priests’ meeting this past January, we outlined our schedule for the coming year and determined that ordinations will take place Saturday, May 31, the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin, at 8:00 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Omaha. We announce this well in advance so that anyone who wishes to witness these beautiful ceremonies can begin to make arrangements. Please pray especially for Rev. Mr. John Trough, Rev. Mr. Julian Gilchrist, and Frater Gabriel Lavery, CMRI, who will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

Among other newsworthy events, Brother Xavier Calibo, CMRI, and Brother Michael Knoll, CMRI, completed their novitiate and made their First Profession of Vows (for one year) in the religious community of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. Bro. Michael will be assigned to assist Fr. Brendan Hughes, CMRI, at Immaculate Conception Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota; Bro. Xavier will remain at the seminary here in Omaha. We are grateful to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin for these vocations. Oftentimes there can he a tendency to underestimate the importance of the vocation of Religious Brothers. They offer to God their lives of prayer and sacrifice; they also play an important role in keeping the material objects of our apostolate functioning in good working order. Both Bro. Michael and Bro. Xavier are capable carpenters, electricians, plumbers and auto mechanics.

Another significant event in which our seminarians participated was the solemn blessing of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Phoenix, Arizona. They traveled by van with Fr. Gregory, and it was a wonderful opportunity not only to serve the ceremonies, but also to meet other priests from different parts of the country. The pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church is Fr. Ephrem Cordova, CMRI, who, since his graduation from Mater Dei Seminary in 1990, has labored long and hard for the realization of this church. He is indeed an edifying example of dedicated persistence as he provides for his spiritual flock in the cactus region of our country. Congratulations to Fr. Ephrem Cordova and his parish on a job well done!

On their way down to the blessing of the church, our seminarians visited the famous “St. Joseph’s Staircase” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We have included in this issue of the Adsum a short summary of this unique work of architecture and craftsmanship.

While this Adsum is being compiled, preparations are underway to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the parishioners of Fr. Eugen Rissling in France, Germany, and the Czech Republic. For most trips overseas, I have a seminarian accompany me to help with the ceremonies and to experience the Catholicity of the one true Church of Christ.

By the time the March issue of Adsum is received, we will have already entered into the holy season of Lent. Let us remember that Lent is the “acceptable time” for us to meditate on the Passion and make atonement for our sins.

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

Other articles in this newsletter:
   A Masterpiece of Craftsmanship
   Moral Theology: Gifts on the Occasion of an Invalid Marriage

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