I often say that seminary is a place that will challenge a
young man mentally, spiritually, and physically, but most
people look at me as if I am crazy when I say that seminary
will challenge you physically. Yes, seminary is a place where
men enter more deeply into their relationship with Jesus
Christ, and rigorously study both philosophy and theology,
but most people are surprised that seminary is also a place
where they want you to be physically fit for eternal life.
This was made abundantly clear to me the past two weekends while I visited St. Paul Seminary, in St. Paul Minnesota and St. Gregory Seminary in Seward, Nebraska. While visiting St. Gregory Seminary I found out that most of the men were away at Conception Seminary, where two of our seminarians currently attend, to compete on the pitch at Conception’s Annual Seminary Soccer tournament. Sadly I didn’t see this year’s contest, but I know for previous experience that this tournament is always a hotly contested contest.
A different type of football was being played the week before at St. Paul Seminary. The University of St. Thomas hosted the 11th annual Rector’s Bowl between St. John Vianney College Seminary and St. Paul Theological Seminary. To be honest I was torn as whom to root for at that the game because the Diocese of Des Moines was represented on both teams, but after a back and forth game the men of St. Paul Seminary pulled ahead for victory, breaking a three year losing streak.
Seminary is indeed a place that will challenge you mentally, spiritually, and physically. If you want to see for yourself what seminary life is life don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Vocations, and check out our news stream for upcoming seminary visits.