December 26, 2014
Seminarian Christmas greeting and update 2014
The following is a Christmas greeting and update from Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter seminarian Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.:
Dear Latin Mass Community,
I wish all of you a very blessed Christmas. I hope everything is going well on the Central Coast.
Things are great here in Nebraska. On the 19th I finished my finals for this semester. This is my first year of Theology and I have enjoyed all of my classes so far, though some were quite challenging. I had Moral Theology, Introduction to Dogmatic Theology, De Deo Uno (the study of the One God), Patristics, Canon Law, Scripture and Latin.
We recently finished construction on a new gymnasium, complete with basketball court, indoor track and weight room. It is great, especially now in the winter when the highs during the day are frequently below freezing.
On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we had a Pontifical High Mass with the Bishop of Lincoln, Bishop Conelly in the morning. In the afternoon the seminarians of St. Gregory's Seminary (the Seminary of Lincoln) came over for a basketball game, Vespers and dinner. It was very nice to meet the other seminarians. It was impressive to see them all, including their rector, in cassocks. Everyone enjoyed the evening. We are planning to visit St. Greg's next semester.
On Nov. 22nd I received the minor orders of Exorcist and Acolyte, which are the last of the minor orders before the sub-diaconate. On October 18th my good friend form college, Matthew Gonzalez was tonsured and received the cassock. I had the pleasure of serving at the Pontifical Mass. His family came out from Bakersfield and we had a very nice weekend with them.
I apologize that I have not been more consistent with my updates for the community. I do continue to pray everyday for the community. I am still on the email list, I enjoy receiving updates, prayer requests and hearing about special events.
I ask for your prayers, especially during my holiday travels. I thank all of you who have been praying for my vocation, May God reward you! I look forward to visiting Queen of Heaven in January.
In Jesus and Mary,
Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.
The seminarians are required to provide $7,000 for tuition each year. Any financial contributions would be of great assistance. Checks can be made out to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (The memo section of the check should be left blank.)
The mailing address is:
Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.
7880 West Denton Rd.,
P.O. Box 147
Denton, NE 68339