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1st sem grades

December 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Stephen King's The MistToday I received my grades for my first semester in St John Vianney College Seminary:

Arts & Ideas – (Fr Vallee) — B
Ancient Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B+
Modern Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B
Ministerial Methods – (Fr Michael) — A
Intermediate Spanish – (Dr Jimenez) — B
Intro to Old Testament – (Fr Michael) — A

DOTS — Stephen King’s The Mist [PF]

Gaudeamus skit + gifts

December 14, 2007 Leave a comment

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — last exam & turned in reflection paper on “Amadeus highlighting the Modern Period”

SJV Gaudeamus 2007 skit @ St John Vianney College SeminaryGAUDEAMUS — There’s a tradition at the seminary, called Gaudeamus, where a skit is performed to make fun of seminarians.  At the end of the first semester, all new guys are highlighted.  At the end of the second semester, seniors are highlighted.  Since I’m a “new guy,” over the last week, guys are asking what I think they “have on me.”  I have no idea — hopefully nothing that will haunt me throughout seminary.  After dinner at 9:30pm, we all gather in the Community Room for the “show.”  Just when I think I’m safe, the FIRST guy that comes out is “ME” — making fun of me taking fruit (if that’s all the got, I dodged that bullet!).  The whole skit was hillarious with great impressions, including the Rector Fr Michael, Fr Santos, Fr Vallee, & Bishop Noonan. 
SJV Gaudeamus 2007 skit @ St John Vianney College Seminary  SJV Gaudeamus 2007 skit @ St John Vianney College Seminary SJV Gaudeamus 2007 skit @ St John Vianney College Seminary 

Christmas gifts 2007 @ St John Vianney College SeminaryChristmas gifts 2007 @ St John Vianney College SeminaryCHAPEL GIFTS — Our last activity together (besides tomorrow’s morning Mass) was Night Prayer in the Chapel.  Afterwards, each class presented their Christmas gifts to their chosen priest and the Rector’s staff presented each of us with a gift — a SJV personalized messenger bag — AWESOME!

postmodern + Monsignor + Christmas dinner

December 7, 2007 1 comment

last day of class @ St John Vianney College Seminary, MiamiMASS – (Fr Vallee) — “frail bird”

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Hegel.  Turned in reflection paper on Locke.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Neoplatonism.  Turned in reflection paper on Epicureanism.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — as the last day of class before finals week, we covered the Post-Modern Period in 1 day.

VIGIL MASS + MONSIGNOR – (Fr Michael) — [2 battleships practicing]  we celebrated a Vigil Mass for tomorrow’s feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Bishop Noonan began Mass by announcing our rector Fr Michael Carruthers has been made a Monsignor (along with 20+ others in our diocese during this Jubilee Year), but he still prefers us to call him “Father.”  — Congratulations!
Monsignor Mass @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

CHRISTMAS DINNER — especially for faculty member, we had a big Christmas Dinner with ham, pork, rice & beans, green beans, po-ta-toes, fudge pie, key lime pie, apple dessert, & a bowl of strawberry/blueberry “mix” — GREAT!
2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Aristotle test + Venus + cartoon + David

November 28, 2007 Leave a comment

DaVinci's Madonna of the RocksMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — start Hegel.  Hegel’s solution to Kant’s problems of circularity & skepticism is to unify the “knower” (subject) and “known” (object).  Hegelian Absolute Idealism = subject + object are 2 moments of the process by which the absolute unfolds into reality.  — if you say so?

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — test on Aristotle.  — I think I started understanding him half-way through the 3 essay questions (Plato vs Aristotle’s view of “soul” … forgot #2 … Aristotle on “virtue”)

Botticelli's The Birth of VenusVirgin and Child with St Anne and St John the BaptistARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — Boticelli‘s The Birth of VenusLeonardo da Vinci’s cartoon sketch for Madonna and Child with St Anne and the young St John.  DaVinci’s Madonna of the RocksMichelangelo‘s David & Bacchus.
  

DOTS — laundry day — worklist: floors — holy hour: Fr Rios

gym rats + hedonism + Annunciation + limo driver

November 26, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Santos) — “gym rats” — “juice” — sacrifice.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — test on Hume.  — I think I wrote the same answer for all 3 questions … it’s got to apply to at least one

Annunciation by Fra AngelicoANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — start philosopher Epicurus with his Epicureanism & hedonism … (Letter to Menoeceus) … believe in gods … everything is material … death is, therefore, not something to be feared … focus attention on life, the happy, pleasant, and pleasurable life.  — It sound nice … most people today live exactly this way … even those in church. 

Annunciation by Sandro BotticelliARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — started Renaissance by comparing 2 painting of the Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli & Fra Angelico.

MINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — (part 3) Being Discerning … level of judgement … does my understanding correspond to what is true?  (Limo driver interviews ’round a hill)

(part 4) Being Responsible … level of decision … What should I do?

3 people + yacht + multiple choir

November 16, 2007 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Alvarez) — there are 3 kinds of people … those that live for things (most selfish) … those that live for ideas (most frustrated/ing) … those that live for people (most happy). 

Maltese Falcon yachtMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — intro on Kant.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — discussed Aristotle‘s Nicomachean Ethics.  What is true happiness?  a yacht? … Virtue is connected with “habit” & “moderation”?  … (for next time)

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — today was our test for the Medieval Period.  We were told (several times) that it would be multiple choice, matching & true/false.  So, what was it? … fill in the blank and true/false.  — must be yet another test in patience.

MIAMI MEETING – (Fr Manny) — the Arch of Miami seminarians had a meeting reviewing our handbook.

Organ ConcertORGAN CONCERT — 8pm tonight was “An Evening of Sacred Music” by St John Neumann Festival Choir (all volunteers) at our St Raphael’s Chapel.  The event was done to thank all the benefactors who have financial assisted the seminary with various projects, especially the repair of our organ (damaged in a hurricane years ago).  A beautiful choir performance, but I would have like to hear more organ (– or more cowbell).