The quarterly newsletter for Assumption BVM Church

November, 2018 | Archived Parish Happenings

Seminary Life with Brandon

Dear Parish Family,

As I write this article, the seminary has just finished our forty hours devotion. It is a time of prayer and relaxation as we stop our daily routine of classes and homework for three days to better focus our relationship with Christ. I am taking this time to stop and reflect what these past couple months have meant to me as a seminarian.

I have been truly blessed so far during my time at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The fraternity, spiritual life, and human growth as a disciple of Christ has been fulfilling. As the semester begins to wind down and the stress of papers and finals quickly approach, it is very easy to experience spiritual dryness in our lives, but forty hours certainly helps us rejuvenate that.

Many of you may wonder what exactly a daily life of a seminarian in College I looks like? Well, every morning we gather for morning prayer and Mass at 7am (except Wednesdays), followed by breakfast and then classes. After classes we have lunch then we have free time until 5:30 when we have evening prayer. After evening prayer we have dinner. On Wednesdays we have a community Mass in the afternoon followed by a nice, fancier dinner served by seminarians. In the evening we have a study hall followed by more free time and the grand silence at 11pm.

Finally, I want to reflect on the crazy year it has been once again with the sex abuse crisis in the Church. Seminarians from the dioceses who were part of the grand jury report such as Allentown, Harrisburg, and Greensburg attend St. Charles. I want to assure you that we are constantly being educated on the crisis and how we should conduct ourselves as priests moving forward. As seminarians, we are dedicated to being the priests that not only the Church needs, but the world needs. Satan better watch out because his evil plans for the Church will be demolished by the next generation of priests. Every day when we vest in our cassocks, the armor of Christ, we stand tall for the dignity of those affected by sexual abuse and as witnesses for the protection of the Church.

Thank you very much for your support of myself, my brother seminarians, and the seminary. I invite you to check out and to keep in contact with the seminary and “like” us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. May God bless you always!


Brandon Schmidt

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

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