It is a great honor for Saint Thomas More Priory to welcome the seminarians from St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. At the end of their Easter break, seventy seminarians and some of their professors will travel to Florida to spend the weekend of April 17-18 at St. Thomas More.
Every year St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary is invited to different parts of the country on Good Shepherd Sunday to encourage vocations to the priesthood. In the past, they have been visiting Cincinnati, OH, Phoenix, AZ, Post-Falls, ID, and Syracuse, NY.
Many families will be welcoming two or three seminarians into their homes. On Sunday, the three Masses will be sung and served by the seminarians. After the 9:30 Mass, all faithful are invited to join a common brunch.
The seminarians will serve Solemn Vespers at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, all men are invited to participate in a soccer competition.
Saturday, April 17
The seminary will visit Saint Augustine.
April 18 - II Sunday after Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday
7:30 am Sung Mass
9:30 am Solemn High Mass
12:00 pm Sung Mass
3:30 pm Solemn Vespers
Monday, April 27
7:30 am Mass
Departure of the seminarians
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (STAS) is a house of studies of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), established in the United States in 1973, for the formation of Roman Catholic priests according to the traditional teaching of the Church. St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary draws from the greatest riches of the 2,000-year history of the Church in the formation of her priests.
The formation that the seminarians receive is traditional in every aspect: doctrine, liturgy, retreats, daily schedule, etc. The core of the seminarians' study is the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, while moderate proficiency in Latin is required before ordination. A typical day in the life of the seminarian contains three hours of prayer, three hours of classes, four hours of study, and an hour and a half of recreation.
Seminarians are expected to attain the holiness required of a priest, through the means provided at the Seminary: daily Mass, meditation, Rosary, and hours of the Divine Office, as well as Benediction, Ignatian retreats, monthly recollections, and weekly confession and spiritual direction.