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Please join the seminarians and priests of Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in praying a Novena to St. Joseph, March 11 – March 19, 2015. The Novena will conclude with a celebration of the Blessing of St. Joseph’s Table at 6:00pm on Saturday, March 21, at Bishop Bruté Seminary (formerly the Carmelite of the Resurrection Monastery). The intention of the Novena is for the intercession of St. Joseph for strength and perseverance in serving the poor in spirit. Pope Francis has called us all to strengthen our faith; how wonderful of an opportunity it is to do so with the entire community of faith in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Beginning Wednesday, March 11, prayers will be offered individually for nine days. St. Joseph Novena prayers can be found in a downloadable form. To aid in following the model of St. Joseph, you have the option to join our virtual community and receive reminders, prayers and reflections to use during the Novena. To fully enjoy the community the Church offers us, we will gather the weekend after the novena’s end at the seminary for the Blessing and celebration; however, please join the virtual community(sign up here) even if you are unable to attend the Blessing of St. Joseph’s Table.
We look forward to praying with you! Due to low interest, there will not be a celebration on March 21, 2015.
The Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary will work, in collaboration with Marian University, “to protect and develop the seeds of a priestly vocation, so that the students may more easily recognize it and be in a better position to respond to it” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 63).
The formation Program will provide the human, cultural, and spiritual formation, along with the academic formation grounded in the study of philosophy and theology, which will serve as a solid foundation for the major seminary (PDV, 64). As such, the program will inspire seminarians to:
The seminary program is named in honor of Bishop Simon Bruté, who served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, which included the entire state of Indiana and the eastern half of Illinois.
Bishop Bruté, a physician prior to his ordination and a theology professor and college president following ordination, was revered by early American Church leaders for his holiness of life and his vast knowledge of theology. He served as spiritual director to Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. Bishop Bruté’s Cause for Sainthood is being opened by the archdiocese. (See www.archindy.org/brute)