Once again the seminary hosted the annual Family Weekend October 18-20. This year saw the largest contingent of family members descend upon Emmitsburg in the event’s eight year history.
The activity-filled weekend offered the visiting family members a unique view into the life of a seminarian. Beginning on Friday night, the seminarians and visitors celebrated Vespers together in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a social in the seminary’s rec-room later in the evening.
On Saturday, many of the families attended the community’s morning Mass before listening to a host of presentations delivered by the rector and other faculty members describing the process of priestly formation. Saturday evening concluded with a formal dinner in the William H. Keeler Seminary Dining Room attended by the visiting family members and their host seminarians.
Several events were also offered for family members who have attended previous family weekends. Notable among these was the opportunity to listen to a handful of vocation stories delivered by the seminarians on Sunday morning as well as a Saturday morning presentation offered by members of the 2013-2014 deacon class highlighting priestly formation from a seminarian’s vantage point. The family weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a solemn Mass celebrated by the rector, Msgr. Rohlfs.