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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
June 2004

Other articles in this newsletter:
   Moral Theology:
         Funeral services for an unbaptized infant
         Can we say that only grave necessity will justify a person in taking medicine
            before Holy Communion?


Dear friends and benefactors,

The ordination of our seminarians and their advancement toward the holy priesthood is always a joyous occasion, not only for the seminarians themselves and their families, but for all present, clergy, religious, and laity. We wish to congratulate Randy Welp who received first clerical tonsure and entered the ranks of the clergy; Johannes Heyne, who received the orders of exorcist and acolyte, and Rev. Mr. Christopher Gronenthal who was ordained to the diaconate.

Our new deacon preached his first sermon on Ascension Thursday during Holy Mass offered by Fr. Brendan Hughes, CMRI, to an attentive congregation at St. Theresa's in O'Neill, Nebraska. Rev. Mr. Gronenthal immediately caught the attention of the faithful when he related that this was his very first sermon and that the Bishop would only allow two errors before Fr. Brendan would if necessary have to intervene. Our new deacon did quite well and Father's intervention was, of course, not necessary. His first sermon followed the instructions given in homelitics class for the preacher to be bright, to be brief, and to be gone! He will spend his summer months in Spokane, Washington, assisting Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI at Mount St. Michael.

This month of June will certainly be a “retreat month” for myself. I will be conducting three retreats: one for our Sisters in Iowa, another for our priests here in Omaha, and a third for our Sisters in Spokane.

Over the past few years, the consideration of future expansion for Mary Immaculate Church and Mater Dei Seminary has been pondered, especially with our ever-growing grade and high schools (with our out-of-state boarders) and our small facility for the seminary which has not always been sufficient during the past fifteen years to house all our seminarians and religious. Furthermore, it has been my desire that we have here at the seminary, the facilities to conduct retreats for lay people. Now it seems that this future expansion will soon become a reality. With complete trust in Divine Providence, I hope by the end of the summer, before the new seminary year begins, that this undertaking will be complete. As things develop we will keep you informed.

During this month of the Sacred Heart, let us remember the consoling words of Our Lord, “Come to Me all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you!” In all our trials and temptations, let us hasten to the tabernacle where Jesus is ever present to be consoled and strengthened by that Heart ever burning with love for us.

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



Other articles in this newsletter:
   Moral Theology:
         Funeral services for an unbaptized infant
         Can we say that only grave necessity will justify a person in taking medicine
            before Holy Communion?

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