On Mary’s Mountain
The seminary held the annual Oktoberfest party on the last Friday of October. A variety of traditional German foods such as schnitzel, sauerkraut, and pretzel rolls were consumed throughout the night by the seminarians and guests attending the celebration. Along with the tasty food, a number of refreshing autumn beers were also available for sampling. Tony Visintainer (S’ 17, Savannah), as the official seminary Burgermeister (mayor of Oktoberfest), directed the events of the evening, which included the first annual yodeling contest, won this year by Deacon P.J. Voegelli (S’ 15, Wichita). The seminarians always enjoy spending time with the families of the lay faculty who attend the festivities, and every year a number of the children come to Oktoberfest dressed in their Halloween costumes. And in another nod to the Halloween theme, the annual pumpkin carving contest was won by our very own Susie Nield.
The seminary hosted the ninth annual Family Weekend on October 24-26. The activity-filled weekend offered the visiting family members a unique view into the life of a seminarian. Beginning on Friday evening, the seminarians and visitors celebrated Vespers together in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a social in the seminary’s rec-room. Following the Saturday morning Mass, family members either attended presentations from faculty members describing the process of priestly formation, or a morning of recollection concentrating on the theme of supporting seminarian family members, presented by members of the Seminarian Deacon class. Saturday evening concluded with Solemn Vespers and a formal dinner in the Cardinal Keeler Seminary Dining Room. On Sunday morning, a particular highlight of the weekend, three seminarians – Lee Brokaw (S’ 17, Peoria), Edmund Herzog (S’ 17, Wichita), and Luke Agnew (S’ 20, Paterson) – detailed their particular vocational journey towards the seminary.