24 May 2013

My Big News

OK. . .here's my Big News. . .

Archbishop Gregory Aymond has approved the recommendation of the faculty of the Notre Dame Seminary to hire me on as Director and Professor of Homiletics and Formation Advisor effective July 1, 2013.

Basically, my duties include teaching homiletics to the seminarians and serving on the formation team of the seminary. 

I will remain in residence at St Dominic.
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22 comments:

  1. Congrats! I pray to be able to pick your brain every so often for some tips and techniques!

    God bless you in your new ministry for His glory!

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    1. Thanks, Dcn Jim. I have a feeling that Brain Picking will soon become MY primary occupation!

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    2. Anonymous8:41 AM

      You do love to pick some brain! Congrats! -your favorite intern ;)

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    3. "BRAINS!" proclaimed the Zombie Preacher.

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    4. Congrats Father! I wouldn't mind picking your brain too but uh oh does this mean we havta run for our lives? hahaha

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    5. You can run. . .but the Zombie Preacher never gives up!

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  2. Congratulations, Father! Great choice by Abp. Aymond.

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    1. Thanks, Dwight. How's teaching?

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  3. Congrates, Fr. Philip! Notre Dame Seminary is getting a great teacher! Will you ever get to use your Licenciate in Philosophy???

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    1. You're making me blush, brother. . .have a great time in Houston.

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  4. Congratulations, Fr. P.

    Bp. Gregory was my bishop in Austin and he's a fine bishop. Many of our younger seminarians go to Notre Dame in NO, so I'll pray for them... ahem, for you.

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    1. Yes, please for me and them. . .my first lesson on Day One will be to proclaim and explicate this Emily Dickinson's poem:

      A Man may make a Remark -
      In itself - a quiet thing
      That may furnish the Fuse unto a Spark
      In dormant nature - lain -
      Let us divide - with skill -
      Let us discourse - with care -
      Powder exists in Charcoal -
      Before it exists in Fire -

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  5. Capital!

    Be sure to teach your students that every homily should be at least twenty minutes. Will their flock say they prefer shorter homilies? Sure, but that's just because they're concerned their priests are working too hard. Away from sacerdotal ears, layfolk all say they love long, meaty, and complex homilies, and are a little hurt when the priest doesn't even try to teach them a little Greek along the way.

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    1. Tom! I had no idea the laity loved long-winded homilies with lots of Greek. Hmmmm....I may have to revise tomorrow's wedding homily.

      ;-)

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  6. Congrats, Fr.! May God keep putting your Mastermind gifts to good use. We, your poor readers, rely on them as well; don't forget us.

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    1. Thanks. . .no worries: I'll be preaching regularly at the seminary (though not daily) and I have a plan to get regular Sunday gigs.

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  7. Congratulations, Father! And, know that you can count on the prayers and sacrifices of your sisters in Summit as you begin this new ministry! Looking forward to seeing you in the...near future!

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  8. Congratulations! You will be a blessing in your new role! Hope your brain is big enough to cope with all those students and their questions...

    Just shows miracles do happen.

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    1. My brain is big enough and so is my mouth. Let's pray that my big brain can control my big mouth!

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  9. fr. Dismas, OP5:49 PM

    Do as my old professor would do when someone would give a big homily that had no real meat to it and nothing to challange people: write on the board, "Who cares?" Save souls, or save your breath!

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