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The Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Community held our annual Tenebrae Service in the Alumni Chapel on the evening of March 20th.

The mood was somber, quiet and reflective with a focus on Jesus' death and burial in the tomb. The distinctive feature of the service was the gradual extinction of all the lights in the chapel until only one candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, the inextinguishable and perpetual light of the world, remained and by its light all the members of our community departed in silence.

Father John Dinh Pham and fifteen parishioners from the Vietnamese community of St. Bernadette's in Randolph, MA celebrated the Mass with the seminary on Monday. The choir wore traditional long dresses and the conductor played the keyboards with a pronounced flute overtone. The liturgy was celebrated in Vietnamese and the cadence and musicality of the language made for a beautiful Mass. Bishop John Brungardt, of Dodge City, KS, Father Palardy, Rector and seven priests con-celebrated the Mass.

On February 22nd, the Pope St. John XXIII community gathered for Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Martin William Currie, Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. The occasion was the Admission to Candidacy of three seminarians. These men have been formally approved by their Bishops and accepted as worthy candidates for Holy Orders.

Following the Mass and Rite of Acceptance, we gathered to share a wonderful meal prepared by our own chefs. The Pope St. John XXIII spirit was in clear evidence throughout.

We offer heartfelt congratulations and prayerful support to:

On February 19th, Rev. William Palardy, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Rector, and Carlos Gomez '16, seminarian from the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa were guests on Bishop Richard Pates weekly radio show - In the Heartland With Bishop Pates.

Click here to listen to the show.

It was truly an exciting day on campus as we began our second semester today - Seminary Rector, Reverend William Palardy, blessed our new Learning Center.  We gathered together as a community to give thanks to God for our new Learning Center and for all the work that has been done by so many people, in planning, building, and donating to our Pathway to the Future Campaign.

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