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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]

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2 exams + semester evaluation

December 12, 2007 Leave a comment

OLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — 36 multiple choice questions.  (found out later — 2 wrong 94%)

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — 5 essay questions.  (found out later — 93%)

SPANISH STUDY SESSION – (Dr Jimenez) — we had a great EXTRA review session with our professor.

Approved (for now)SEMESTER EVALUATION — at the end of each semester, each seminarian is given a written evaluation (with an interview).  Mine went very well.   What was observed:  I’m open and engaged in formation, quiet, mature, willing to serve others, responsible and diligent in academics and house duties.  What I need to work on:  share my gifts more confidently within the seminary community.  Final recommendation:  I should continue in the program of priestly formation.  — It wasn’t nearly as scary as some veterans made it out to be.

masculinity + Mexican food nite + garden Mass + floss

November 27, 2007 Leave a comment

SPANISH – (Dr Jimenez) — chapter 14 vocab dictation test

MIAMI VOCATION – (Fr Manny) — check-up interview with my vocation director.

Mexican food nightOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — Wisdom literature & Old Testament Masculinity to reflect on.  Males: Warrior – Moses // Prophet – Jeremiah (lie detector) // Trickster – Jonah.  Male Independence + Autonomy: Wildman – Elijah // Pilgrim – Abraham.  Male Vulnerability: Healer – Elisha.  Masculine Responsibility: The Patriarch – Abraham // The King – Solomon.

Garden MassCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today’s theme was Mexican Food Night.  — we tried to stick with the theme and avoid drinking the water

GARDEN MASS – (Fr Michael) — 9pm to change from the “routine” … “calm storm” … hit by wave … firefighter hat

DOTS — Aristotle study group — floss run

leaking bucket + Hosea + Cuban food

November 13, 2007 3 comments

morning rainbowMASS – (Fr Joseph) — Story of the “Leaking Bucket” … water flowers on path … just do what you’re asked to do.

OLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — we continued discussion on Major & Minor Prophets … then started Wisdom literature.  I also turned in my “Bio-Poem” on the minor prophet Hosea:

Hosea
Israelite, prophet, husband, & father
Brother to Divine Empathy
Loves God, Israel, & Gomer
Who feels passionate, wounded, & righteous indignation
Who needs a family counselor, spiritual direction, & a “chillaxin” pill
Who fears self-righteousness, separation, & complacency
Who gives admonition, fidelity, & forgiveness
Who craves faithfulness, reunion, & restoration
Resident of (Northern) Israel
The Prophet

Cuban food nightCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today was Cuban Food Night.  — Great eating!

DOTS — morning rainbow — lead evening prayer — The UnitCane

bio-poem + Chinese food nite

November 6, 2007 1 comment

Chinese Food NightOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — discussed Major Prophets and practiced writing a Bio-Poem.

CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today was Chinese Food Night. — Great eating, even for the “Mail Men”!

DISCERNMENT GROUP – (Fr Manny) — a few of us Miami guys joined the monthly Miami Vocations Discernment Group on campus led by Miami Vocation Director Fr Manny Alvarez.  Today was mostly older guys … great group of guys!

sister visit

October 23, 2007 1 comment

SPANISH – (Dr Jimenez) — I don’t know how I got an 88% on the chapter 12 test, but I’ll take whatever I can get to keep my head above aqua.

Old Testament classOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — we reviewed previous material and covered Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy.

SISTER VISIT — since my sister was in town visiting, she came by the seminary and spent time with all the seminarians for Evening Prayer (Vespers) and Dinner (“Savannah, Georgia Night“).  Coldstone’s Ice Creamery for desert!

Italian food night

Italian food nightItalian food nightOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — Mid-term exam.  2 wrong.  88%.

 CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — Today was “Italian Food Night.”  We had tasty pasta, garlic bread, lamb and for dessert, so kind of donuts in a bag of powdered sugar (I forgot the name).  — Great food!

TV — “The Unit” & “Cane”