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My Acceptance into the Seminary

Dear Parishioners,

Through God in His great goodness I have been accepted into the seminary! I will begin my studies on September 8th, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. I will be attending Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, just outside of Lincoln. The clerical society that I am joining is called the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri (FSSP). The FSSP administers the parish I attend in Phoenix called Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission at 16th Ave. and Monroe. The main charism of the FSSP is the sanctification of its priests and faithful through the use of the Traditional Latin Mass and liturgical books according to the rubrics of 1962. Founded in 1988, the FSSP today operates over 50 parishes in North America and over 200 parishes and schools worldwide.

I first learned of the Fraternity of St. Peter in 2007 while researching information on the Latin Mass. I was very intrigued by the reforms of the Second Vatican Council but wanted to learn more about the pre-conciliar liturgy. I soon fell in love with the Traditional Latin Mass and began attending when I could. I finally made Mater Misericordiae my parish in 2014. Today, I serve daily Mass and sing in the Gregorian Chant choir on Sundays for the High Mass. It was through this constant activity at the parish that I began to consider the prospect of priesthood with the FSSP.

I also want to express how grateful I am for my time at Our Lady of Joy. It has been a great honor to serve the parish by working directly with the priests and parishioners every day. I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you during my two years here. I ask for your prayers during this time and please know of my prayers for you as well!

It is my desire to write letters to Our Lady of Joy while I am in the seminary which will keep everyone updated and also hopefully show a little of what life is like in the seminary. These letters will be posted in the bulletin. God willing that I am called to be a priest I would be in seminary for seven years. During the first year I will not be allowed to have a cell phone nor access to a computer. All of my correspondence will be through hand-written letters or by pay-phone which I will be allowed a short time to use on Sundays. The studies during my first year will include Latin, Gregorian Chant, Scripture, and Catechism.

I am also writing this letter to ask for financial assistance. The charge for room, board, and tuition is $7,000 per seminarian, per year. This amount is substantially less than the actual cost of priestly formation (over $20K), thanks to the generous support of Fraternity benefactors. Additional expenses may include books, medical and vehicle insurance, travel to/from home during breaks, and personal items. I will not be able to work during this time and will need to rely on the generosity of benefactors. Unfortunately, since any donation would be a gift, it is not tax deductible. Know that if you are able to assist me financially (or just with prayer!) that I will be praying daily for all of my benefactors. I would also like to stay in touch with you through mail in order to provide occasional updates. If you are able to assist in this manner, money can be sent to me at the parish office or directly to the seminary with a note directing it to the tuition of Andrew Miller. Either way, please be sure to provide me your name, address, and telephone number so that I can stay in touch with you and to send updates. I would also like to know if you are able to provide spiritual support through prayer. I thank you for your consideration and for your prayers! Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with any questions you may have.

My email: amiller@oloj.org (until August 30th)
Seminary website: www.fsspolgs.org
Seminary address: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
PO Box 147
Denton, NE 68339
FSSP website: www.fssp.org

God Bless,
Andy Miller

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Tuesday, August 30
8:00 am
† Joan Dimon
Wednesday, August 31
8:00 am
† Stuart Rotchford
Thursday, September 1
8:00 am
† Mary Pytlik
Friday, September 2
8:00 am
† Katherine Spayer
Saturday, September 3
8:00 am
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5:00 pm
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The Legion of Mary Traveling Mary Statue

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Help Wanted: Altar Servers

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Children's Faith Formation

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Help Wanted: Foothills Caring Corps

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Help Wanted: Children's Liturgy of the Word

This ministry serves the children of the Parish by proclaiming the scripture to the children and reflecting on its meaning in their lives on a level they understand.

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Events
AUG 31

Diocesan Safe Environment Training (SET) Renewals

Foundation Class scheduled at OLOJ for Wed, Aug 31, either 9:00am - 12:00pm or 6:00 - 9:00pm.

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SEP 2

Epic Series: Discover the Roots of Our Catholic Faith

Fridays 9:30-11:30am beginning Fri, Sep 2

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SEP 7

Our Lady of Joy Kids Faith Formation Classes

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SEP 10

Revelation-The Kingdom Yet to come

Study one of the most talked-about books in Scripture.

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SEP 15

Endow-For Catholic Woman: St. Catherine of Siena Study

This study presents an unforgettable saint’s story that transports us to another era even as it speaks to modern hearts.

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SEP 16

That Man is You

TMIY starts on Fri, Sep 16. This program explores our relationship with God, our wives, and families.

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SEP 23

Catholic Singles Community (formerly CRYS) Retreat

Catholic? Single? 21-40? Join us for our Fall retreat!

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SEP 24

Car Corral and Swap Meet 2016

OCT 15

The Real Superheroes

A dinner of appreciation for the volunteers of Our Lady of Joy.

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OCT 20

Momnipotent

Finding peace, balance & joy in your vocation as a mother.

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OCT 24

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Fred Adamson and Fr. Michael Straley

12-days, Oct 24-Nov 4, 2016
Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem & more!

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NOV 4

10th Annual Holiday Bazaar

SAVE THE DATE! Members of Our Lady’s Guild are busy planning the 10th Annual Holiday Bazaar to be held on Fri, Nov 4 and Sat, Nov 5.

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NOV 28

Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

with Fr. Wally Hyclak & Barb Vopat

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