On Saturday, September 19, we will once again welcome our seminarians at the 11th Annual Spes Gregis Dinner at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. It is always a joyful celebration and for me, a highlight of each year. This year, we are especially blessed because God has sent us 14 new seminarians.
Seminarians are often referred to as “the hope of the flock” (spes gregis) and as shepherd of the flock I have much to be hopeful about this year. We have 13 Dallas seminarians at Holy Trinity Seminary, 25 at Redemptoris Mater Seminary, and 19 in other seminaries. In addition to our 13 Dallas seminarians at Holy Trinity, there are 46 seminarians from other dioceses.
Holy Trinity is the place of formation for collegians and pre-theologians. Theologians, or graduate students, are in formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, Louisiana and the Theological College Seminary in Washington, D.C. Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary provides formation for both collegians and theologians.
Our seminaries are places of pastoral and academic formation and spiritual discernment for men who feel called to a life of service to God in his Church. Among these men are our future priests and bishops.
I am grateful to God for our seminarians and to each of you for your continued prayers for priestly vocations.
If you have not made plans to join us Saturday for this celebration of Church, there still may be time. For information, call Holy Trinity Seminary, 972-438-2212.
Image credit: Alex Fry, from St. John Nepomucene Parish in Ennis, is a seminarian at Holy Trinity Seminary in his second year of studies. Courtesy of Holy Trinity Seminary.