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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
February 2005

Other articles in this newsletter:
   Excerpts from “The Golden Rule”
   Moral Theology: Knowledge Gained from Confession


Dear friends and benefactors,

Among the various matters discussed at our bi-annual priests' meeting in January, we scheduled the important ceremonies, activities and events for this new year. For your information, we are happy to announce the ordinations of Rev. Mr. Chris Gronenthal (Spokane, Washington) to the holy priesthood, of Johannes Heyne (Ulm, Germany) to the diaconate, and of Randy Welp (Spokane, Washington) to the last two minor orders (exorcist and acolyte). The ordinations to the priesthood and diaconate will be held on Saturday, May 14, the Vigil of Pentecost, which marks the end of our scholastic year. We make this announcement well in advance so that the faithful who wish to attend these inspiring ceremonies can plan.

For those who attended the priestly ordinations of Fr. John Trough, Fr. Julian Gilchrist, and Fr. Gabriel Lavery, CMRI two years ago, what a picture perfect day it was! After the solemn ceremonies, traditional Catholics from so many parts of the country were able to visit with each other during the outdoor reception. In a small way it was an opportunity to experience the universality of the Catholic Church, as Catholics from other churches, chapels and Mass centers throughout the country were meeting each other for the first time. No one was a stranger — just friends who had not as yet met. For more information as to directions or accommodations, please call Mary Immaculate Church at (402) 571-4404.

During this last semester of our scholastic studies, our theologate seminarians have been studying the Sacrament of Penance in Moral Theology. This is one of the most important areas of Moral Theology as their knowledge will be directly applied in the Confessional. St. Alphonsus, the great Doctor of the Church, whose teachings in Moral Theology have been upheld by the Church as a safe standard for Confession, once wrote in his book The Apostolic Man about what a tremendous difference is made by good confessors. Because this particular tract of Moral Theology is so important and so detailed, we are covering this material very meticulously.

Now that the holy season of Lent has begun, our seminarians will be fostering a greater spirit of recollection and silence. Added to their regular prayer schedule they will be making extra visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the Stations of the Cross, meditations on the Passion, and praying the Sorrowful Mother Chaplet. Our seminarians must learn to be spiritual reservoirs in order to be instruments of God's grace. They will not be able to give what they don't have and Lent is an excellent time to build up this well of grace.

May all of us make this Lent the most grace-filled season of the year in order to worthily celebrate the Passion and Death of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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

Other articles in this newsletter:
   Excerpts from “The Golden Rule”
   Moral Theology: Knowledge Gained from Confession

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