Typical Day in the Seminary

The daily life in the seminary is focused on prayer and study. Weekdays begin with Mass and morning prayer, followed by breakfast in the dining room. Weekends find both houses coming together for Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, and Holy Hour. Most classes are held in the morning with afternoons and evenings free for studying, recreation, dinner and evening prayer being prayed in common.

The day is pretty structured, more or less like a typical college schedule, but with morning and evening prayer and Mass thrown in. I like that because it’s helpful to have a routine established. Parish ministry can be all over the place, so having a set pattern for most of the year helps to determine a routine (or as close as you can get to one) out in the parish; at least for prayer if nothing else, explains Deacon Kyle Tennant

There is ample time to participate in the active intramural sports program, utilize the swimming pool and well-equipped weight room, complete homework assignments, read, socialize or catch up on sleep.

We play all kinds of sports in seminary; a soccer tournament and flag football game in the fall, basketball tournament in the winter, and softball in the spring. It’s great fun and lots of guys participate, but the quality of play…let’s just say it is high competition and low skill. But it’s great for fraternity and we actually do have a number of fine athletes so we enjoy ourselves quite a bit, says Deacon Kyle Tennant

Monday-Friday

6:45 – Morning Prayer and Holy Mass
8:00 – Breakfast
8:30-11:20 – Classes
11:30-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-4:00 – Classes (Except Thursday)
1:00-4:00 – Apostolic Works (Thursday)
4:45 – Holy Hour
5:45 – Evening Prayer
6:10 – Dinner
7:00-9:00 – Study Hours (College Seminarians)
7:00-8:00 – Formation Conferences (Pre-Theology and Theology Seminarians)

Saturday

9:30 – Mass
10:00-11:00 – Chores
Remainder of day is free for study, prayer, personal activities…

Sunday

8:45 – Holy Hour
9:45 – Morning Prayer
10:15 – Mass
Brunch following Mass
Remainder of day free for study, prayer, personal activities…

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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In Christ,
Fr. William Hahn