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May 2021:  Congratulations to the following seminarians who completed their Philosophy training in College Seminary in May, and will begin Theology studies at a Major seminary beginning in August 2021:  Nicholas J. Kramer, Joseph G. Yellico, and Kolbe R. Murrey who will attend the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  Christopher W. Angermeyer, Anthony del Cid Lucero, Luke J. Martin, Noé J. Sifuentes, Andrew J. Templeton, and James C. Tweed who will attend Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Ohio.  You can read more at the St. Joseph College Seminary website here.

May 14, 2021:  Our 8th Annual Adopt-a-Seminarian year will wrap up on May 14, as our seminarians finish their final exams and break for the end of the school year.  Over the summer, our seminarians do many things to continue living and sharing their faithful witness in and around the diocese.  Some will be on "summer assignments" in parishes, while others will return home, or travel.  Stay tuned to the Catholic News Herald which will list our seminarians' summer assignments herePlease continue to pray for your adopted seminarian during the summer break!  

June 5, 2021:  Congratulations to seminarians Aaron Huber and Darren Balkey who are ordained transitional Deacons by Bishop Peter Jugis, at St. Mark in Huntersville!  Read more about the ordination in the Catholic News Herald here.

June 6, 2021:  This date marks the 29th anniversary of priesthood for our ministry's Spiritual Director, the Very Reverend Herbert T. Burke, V.F.   Fr. Burke has referred to this anniversary as his "sacramental equilibrium anniversary", meaning, he was ordained at age 29, and this year he will mark 29 years of priestly ministry.  After this year's anniversary, his time going forward will mean he has spent more of his life as a priest -- than not a priest!  Father is very excited about this anniversary - please remember him in your good prayers, giving thanks to God for his faithful service to our Lord Jesus! 

June 19, 2021:  Ordination to the Priesthood, at St. Mark in Huntersville, for transitional Deacons Joseph Wasswa and Juan Miguel Sanchez.  Please keep our "soon to be ordained priests" in your good prayers.

July, 2021: July is typically the month in which new Pastoral assignments begin, and we will post the link to the Catholic News Herald for this information, once it is available. 

August 15, 2021: Our 9th Annual Adopt-a-Seminarian year will begin on August 15, 2021. 

September 29, 2021:  We thank God for the gift of being able to serve Him and His Church!  Our Pray4Priests ministry, started in 2007, will celebrate its 14th anniversary on the Feast of the Archangels in 2021!

Pandemic Note:  Because our ministries and programs are online, they allow for contact-free / remote / virtual sign up and participation (including our Adopt-a-Seminarian ministry).  Therefore, we are operating as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic.  May God bless and keep you!