The fourth week of September took Frs. Doerr (Vice Rector of Human Formation) and Brighenti (Vice Rector of Pastoral Formation) to Northern California for the annual Vocation Director's Conference.  In addition to conferences and sacred Liturgies, vocation directors have a chance to inquire about various seminaries in which they may send future seminarians.  Many of the nations' largest seminaries sponsored  special events.  Mount Saint Mary Seminary of Emmitsburg, MD is the second oldest and largest.  The Rector, Msgr. Rohlfs, sponsored a luncheon and gift for the event which was received very warmly.  The gift was a book composed by one of the seminary' professors, Fr. Fred Miller, a collection of talks given in Ars, France focusing on the life of  St. John Vianney and the priesthood.  Though the conference schedule was quite busy, Frs. Doerr and Brighenti had a chance, on the free afternoon, to visit a couple of local missions and wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Pictured in the photo,at the Conference, in front of Mount Saint Mary's table, is his Excellency, the Most Reverend Edward Burns, bishop of Juno and graduate of the Mount.  Flanking him are the Mount's two vice rectors.

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