Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Patterson, NJ visited the seminary this past weekend to serve as the retreat-master for the annual Lenten Day of Renewal. Bishop Serratelli, a native of Newark, NJ, is an accomplished Scripture scholar, having studied at the Biblicum in Rome. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Patterson in 2004 after serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Newark for the previous four years. He opened the Day of Renewal with a conference after Vespers on Friday night. The next morning, another conference was held in the morning followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Serratelli. Finally, the Day of Renewal was concluded with the final afternoon conference. During all of the conferences, Bishop Serratelli’s deep knowledge and love of the Scriptures was apparent as he adroitly brought out the wonder of the Bible, connecting it to the call to holiness necessary in the lives of priests and seminarians. The annual Day of Renewal offers the seminarians an opportunity to step back from the regular seminary schedule and set aside a little extra time for prayer and spiritual advancement prior to Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.
On Mary’s Mountain
The 4th annual celebration of the Festa di San Guiseppe (Feast of St. Joseph)/St. Parick’s Day Party hosted by seminary Vice-Rector of Pastoral Formation, Fr. Ken Brighenti, was held on Saturday evening, March 16. As in previous years, many friends and family of Fr. Brighenti traveled to the seminary from New Jersey, Connecticut, and elsewhere to assist him in hosting the party. In keeping with the tradition of a St. Joseph Table, there was plenty of cheese pizza, St. Joseph pastries, Italian cookies, Reggiano Parmegiano cheese, Italian bread and olive oil, prosciutto di parma, as well as homemade wine. The annual party, which began at 5:30, is one of the highlights of the year among many of the seminarians who look forward to Fr. Brighenti’s generosity in sharing his Italian heritage with others. The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of a number of people, most notably Drs. Burkhard, who donated the St. Joseph Pastries, Dr. Frauenhoffer, who donated the cookies, Mr. Louis Falconeri, who donated the bread, cheese, and olive oil, Mr. Mario DeFilippis and Mr. Ciro Maddaluna, who brought their homemade wine, and Ms. Ann Louise Bongiovi and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Tardiff, who provided the cold cuts and pizza.