Saved by Grace Through Faith
St. Nicholas White Elephant Gift Exchange
As Catholics, we must first have faith in the Lord to be saved, even if at times it seems that he is chipping away the very essence of who we are. We must trust in Him and His teachings, although we may not have an understanding of why he takes such seemingly vital things away.
Just Pray for Faith
Last night, Saint Joseph College Seminary had the honor of St. Nicholas visiting the seminary for the annual white elephant gift exchange. There was much laughter and joy during the white elephant gift exchange. From the most random gifts to few shocking steals, there was plenty of great presents go around.
Vocation Awareness Week 2016
"A nobleman went off to a distant country...He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins. (Luke 19: 11-28)" Bishop Goedert pointed out that when the nobleman returned, only 3 came forward to give an account to the nobleman. "What happened to the other seven?"
Seminarians on Voting in Their First Presidential Election
This week is National Vocation Awareness Week―an annual week-long celebration in the U.S. Catholic Church for promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Through prayer and education, Catholics are asked to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering a religious vocation.
Loyola University Chicago's 2016-17 President Medallion Recipient: Michael Malucha
"I didn't want to vote," candidly said Zel, sophomore for the Archdiocese of Chicago, but he did his civic duty. It was "surreal" and "empowering" because "even though you don't know the end result [when you cast your ballot], you know your vote will count."
Catholicism: Pivotal Players Premiere
Malucha, who is majoring in philosophy, goes out of his way to serve those in need—and to serve God as well. But he’s more than just a seminarian. He’s an excellent student who carries a 3.65 GPA while also working as a research fellow for the Joan & Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.
Last Sunday, myself and four other seminarians attended the premiere of Bishop Robert Barron's new series, Catholicism: Pivotal Players at the studios of WTTW Chicago.
You are not the Church of the Future, You are the Church
Last night was the seminary's annual pumpkin carving contest, where each floor is pitted against each other to see who can carve the season's best pumpkins.
Visiting the SyroMalabar Cathedral
On Oct 14 & 15, over 4,000 middle schoolers from Chicago and Joliet gathered at the UIC Pavilion for Holy Fire, the first event of its kind. This event was designed as a youth rally in partnership with NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference, an event held annually for high schoolers.
I Can Do It!
Majority of Catholics in America are only exposed to the Roman Latin Rite, where there are another 23 different Eastern Rites that glorify the same God but in their own, beautiful way. Partaking in the main liturgy of the SyroMalabar Church certainly opened our eyes to what the Catholic Church is all about, being universal.
Pope Francis Elevates Archbishop Cupich to Cardinal
On October 9, 2016, I finished my first marathon in Chicago, Illinois. Running the marathon has always been a dream of mine, yet the journey towards this goal was unlike what I imagined it to be.
Pope Francis announced that Chicago's Archbishop Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal at the end of his Sunday Angelus. Archbishop Cupich is among 17 new Cardinal; 13 of which are under the age of 80 and eligible to vote in the next conclave.