Wednesday, June 10, 2015 is finished

I started this blog to chronicle the journey of a seminarian in the hopes that others looking at a similar journey would have more information than I did when I started.

That journey is now over.  The seminarian is now a priest.

A new blog may be forthcoming at some time in the future. However, if the first week at the new parish is any indication, it will be some time before there will be time to blog again.

                            Fr. Chris

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Decision Time

It is time to make a decision.  I was ordained a priest on May 23rd, so I am no longer a Seminarian on the Journey.

Do I stop blogging altogether?

Do I move to Priest on a Journey?

You few dedicated readers can help me decide with your input.

                              Fr. Chris

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Philadephia Ordinations

As I type this, the first two of my seminary classmates are being ordained in Philadelphia.  I am unable to attend in person because I am entering silent retreat in a couple of hours in preparation for my own ordination in one week.  Fortunately, more and more dioceses are live streaming these ordinations so I can watch from a distance and share with them that way.

God Bless the newly ordained Fr. James Cardosi and Fr. Kevin Mulligan.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

4 years are complete

Chris Lowe, you've just completed four years of studies at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.  Now what are you going to do?

I'm going to Disney World!

Will be gone for 6 nights with some family members.  I'll be back in time for a couple days of packing before my Canonical Retreat.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One month from today...

...God willing, I will be face down on the floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston being ordained as a Priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Boston.

What is left for me between now and then?

1) Wait for my Call to Order from Cardinal Sean.
2) Send out invitations once I receive that letter.
3) Complete 2 papers as Finals for courses.
4) Finish up Seminary on May 6th.
5) Vacation in Orlando with some family members.
6) Canonical retreat in Milton with my diocesan brothers.
7) Get my parish assignment the night before ordination

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Final Stretch

We started classes again today after Easter break.  This is the final stretch for the year for all of us and the final stretch, period,  for some of us.  May 6th will be the last day of classes.  May 23rd will be, God willing, my ordination to priesthood.

The remaining workload does not look overwhelming, primarily because I worked hard before break to complete many of the papers that will be due.  There will be finals, of course, even though they will not be during finals week for us.  At the end of the evening on May 6th, we are free to leave.  I will be leaving for a short vacation with the family at a certain resort in Orlando, but I will be back to Weston to pack up.

After vacation, a day or two to pack, then a canonical retreat with my diocesan brothers, dinner with the Cardinal to receive my assignment, then Ordination the next morning.  I have 10 days to complete my preparations port ordination and start my assignment on June 2nd.