St. Luke Recovery Walk

On Saturday, October 18th, St. John Vianney College Seminary hosted the 4th Annual Recovery Walk for the St. Luke’s Center, an addiction recovery ministry of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Miami. The recovery walk helps increase awareness within the community about the good work being carried out at the St. Luke’s Center. It also provides the opportunity to secure some financial assistance to the center so that this work can continue.

Together with several other members of the community, the seminarians at St. John Vianney were able to help raise over $21,000 for St. Luke’s Center. We could not have done this well without your support. A special thanks to all of those who offered their prayers and financial support to my fundraising efforts for the Recovery Walk. Together, you and I raised $546 for St. Luke’s Center.

Below are a couple of pictures from the Recovery Walk. More images are available on the St. John Vianney College Seminary website and on the Facebook page for Catholic Charities of Miami.


Photo Credit: St. John Vianney College Seminary



 Photo Credit: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami

Thanks again for all your support!

St. Luke’s Recovery Walk

Every year, St. John Vianney College Seminary hosts the St. Luke’s Recovery Walk to benefit the St. Luke’s Center, a service of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Miami. Each seminarian studying at St. John Vianney participates in the walk, to do our part to help our brothers and sisters facing addiction.

Addicts face an uphill battle in their efforts to achieve sobriety. Many suffer “co-occuring disorders” – medical conditions like mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, trauma/abuse, and genetic makeups that make them vulnerable to addiction. Funding sources cover treatment and lodging costs but they don’t cover medications to address patients’ underlying conditions. Without mental stability they are highly likely to relapse.

St. Luke’s also provides “extras” not covered by grants/funders – like clothing, bus passes, and gas cards so patients can seek jobs. Employment is the cornerstone of self-reliance so it is important to empower patients to rejoin the workforce.

Addicts are ordinary people with children, jobs, and families who love them. Their addictions take a toll on loved ones causing alienation and distress. The lucky ones get help. Others die from overdoses, or suffer debilitating illnesses caused by the substances they consume.

THAT’s why we need YOU!

Your gifts empower addicts to get on the road to long-term sobriety.

Please DONATE. No amount is too big or too small.

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Seminary Life: New Year

St._John_Vianney_Seminary_DSC02746On Thursday, August 7th, I, along with approximately 35 other young men, arrived at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami for the New Student Experience, a two-week new student orientation of sorts. It has been an incredible journey thus far, one in which all of the new men have begun to become acclimated with the seminary and what will be our routine for the next year.

Most of our time over the last two weeks has been spent in conferences and academic sessions, covering information on the mission of St. John’s. Primarily, the seminary is here to form us into better men so that we are able to become who God has called us to be. Our time in seminary is all about deepening our relationship with God so that we are then able to recognize the presence of Christ in others.

In order to help facilitate our ability to recognize Christ’s presence in our lives, the seminary provides a three-day retreat for the new men. This year, Monsignor John Cippel from the Diocese of St. Petersburg directed the retreat. The retreat centered around deepening our relationship with God, others, and ourselves. As we are commanded by Christ in the scriptures, love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22: 37-38; Mk 12: 29-31; Lk 10: 27; Jn 13: 34; Dt 6: 4-5). We can only love God, others, and ourselves when we recognize the love that God has for us. Something that all of us can reflect on in the coming months.

This morning, we began classes for the semester. My course load is pretty full for the fall semester with six classes: Fundamental Ethics, Social Ethics, Greek World, Psalms in the Liturgy, Ministerial Methods, and Pre-Theology Seminar I. Please pray for all of the seminarians, that we may grow in knowledge throughout this academic year. 

St. John Vianney, pray for us.