8 years down. One to go. All is Grace.

8 years ago today I started Seminary at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. A lot has changed since then. I’ve come to know who I am as a beloved Son of God, gained some weight 😬😉, traveled through world, experienced the mercy and love of God working in the lives of his people and throughContinue reading “8 years down. One to go. All is Grace.”

“Behold Your Mother” – A Lenten Reflection

Below is the video of the Lenten Reflection, which I gave to my brother seminarians at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis this evening. This is the third in a series of Lenten Reflections, which our senior class gives each year on the 7 Last Words of Christ. May our Blessed Mother intercede forContinue reading ““Behold Your Mother” – A Lenten Reflection”

Seminaries are Full of Death and Dying Men

“Hey Cemeterian Corey!” is a phrase that I will never forget one of the kindergartners in Mrs. Stringer’s class at St. Joseph in Bowling Green shouting at me as they came back inside from the playground when I was visiting them a couple of years ago. Calling a seminary or a seminarian a “cemetery” isContinue reading “Seminaries are Full of Death and Dying Men”

“That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward

For the Feast of Pope St. Pius X: Originally written for Dr. Katharine Harmon’s History of the Catholic Church in America Class on 11-21-14. I enjoyed writing this piece on how Pope St. Pius X’ document Tra Le Sollecitudini was interpreted and engaged here in America, specifically by Justine Ward, who founded an amazing way of teachingContinue reading ““That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward”

The flower of Jesse will blossom! :: Reflections on praying about my vocation at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

“A shoot will spring forth from the stock of Jesse, and a flower will blossom from his root. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him! Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord. This feast is one of my favorites especially since my pilgrimage to the Holy Land last December. OneContinue reading “The flower of Jesse will blossom! :: Reflections on praying about my vocation at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth”

Whips & Chains Excite Me :: A Reflection on 50 Shades of Grey from a Catholic Seminarian

“Before I know it, he’s got both of my hands in his viselike grip above my head, and he’s pinning me to the wall using his lips … His other hand grabs my hair and yanks down… ” What did the above quote make you think of? How about this next quote? What does it makeContinue reading “Whips & Chains Excite Me :: A Reflection on 50 Shades of Grey from a Catholic Seminarian”

Walking the Way of Beauty: Speak lord, your servant listens

Walking the Way of Beauty: a reflection on this Sunday’s first reading, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s general audiences, as well as a new design and name for my blog,

2014: Gossip, Anger, Forgiveness, Joy, and Blessings

2014 has been a great year for sure! A year with gossip, anger, forgiveness, joy, and many blessings. Let’s make the next one even better!

If your brother has sinned against you…Community living

Being a seminarian means living in community. It can be rough at times, you live, eat, pray, sleep, and work besides 40 or so men your own age and you really get to know each other. I mean REALLY get to know each other. I always say that my seminarian friends are my best friendsContinue reading “If your brother has sinned against you…Community living”

Insights into the Battle for Holy Purity from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Purity, Chastity, Virginity, all of these terms surround topics of wide discussion among our youth and adults. In case you didn’t know, I LOVE watching Disney musicals, in fact, I love almost any musical, with several of them holding the title of “favorite.“ Ask any of the men I go to seminary with, or the menContinue reading “Insights into the Battle for Holy Purity from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame””