May 23, 2007

Team Vianney

One of my favorite priests is Father William Baer, Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I have never had the honor of meeting Fr. Baer but I greatly admire him from what I hear about his work at Vianney. However, I have met some of his seminarians and they are quite an impressive group.

I blogged briefly about Fr. Baer's interview in one of our local Catholic newspapers last month.

Here he is again in the May 2007 issue of the Catholic Servant talking with Barb Ernster about the concept of authority and how seminarians react and ponder the issue. (My comments are in parentheses)

...In light of seminarians and authority, this generation tends towards fidelity and loyalty to Church teaching. For many of them it's a postive thing, and they don't feel they have to conduct their own investigation to see if they agree.

(I LOVE this part)This can be difficult to understand for some older Catholics, especially for some older priests and those active in church work. They would like to see seminarians continue with their same questioning, even dissenting, approach to Church teaching, and they find it disappointing that these young men do not want to do the kind of research or theological reflection that would lead them to dissent from Church teaching.....

In some cases, this could lead to an anti-intellectual approach, and that is something we have to deal with here at the seminary. We do not in any way want to discourage these men from doing serious work in philosophy and theology and all the necessary fields, but we do not encourage what became popular in some circles, namely a hermeneutic of suspicion (like my college theology days!). But, rather, we tell them that theology is as the classic definition says, fides quaerens, intellectum-faith seeking understanding.

Pick up an issue and read the whole interview! The Catholic Servant does not have a website. You should think about subscribing. It's a monthly and it's not a big newspaper but it's magisterium faithful and well written. It's focus is evangelization and apologetics. It's only $15/year to subscribe. Catholic Servant PO Box 24142, Minneapolis, MN 55424

St. John Vianney has Team Vianney events for men 9th grade to college age who may be interested in the priesthood. They are held at the Seminary which is located on the grounds of the University of St Thomas in St. Paul. FFI: contact Annette in the SJV office at 651-962-6825 of or Fr. John Klockeman at 651-962-6832

The upcoming Team Vianney days are: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 2007 and Feb 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, 2008. All are from 5:45-8:30. Pizza, a short talk on the Faith, Benediction and Mass are part of the Team Vianney event.

I would normally put this type of post on Stella Borealis blog but I get so stoked about our seminary that I just can't help it! Plus, I'll do anything I can to get the word out so we can get some more good priests.


Blogger Roz said...

Fr. Baer's an old friend of many of us here in his former home town. I'm glad you know what a good thing you've got!

Can't imagine why I never linked to your blog before, but that lapse has been remedied.

May 28, 2007 8:33 PM  

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