By Fr. Robert J. Robeson, Chaplain, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary
On September 8, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary celebrated the 10th anniversary of our founding by Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB. The entire initiative has been inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. In 10 years, the seminary has grown to over 40 seminarians and has become one of the most respected college seminaries in the Midwest. Much of this is due to the vision and reputation of Archbishop Buechlein and the continued support by our new Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin , C.Ss.R. Marian University has been a valuable partner in the work of the seminary by providing the academic formation in philosophy required for college seminary studies and by generously providing a partial academic scholarship for each seminarian.
While the seminarians live, pray, and study primarily at the seminary, which is located in the former Carmelite Monastery one mile south of Marian University, they are also Marian University students, taking their classes on campus and receiving a Marian University degree in Catholic studies. The seminary, which is operated and funded by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, provides the human, spiritual, and pastoral formation required by the Program of Priestly Formation.
In my role as the seminary rector, I report to the Archbishop of Indianapolis and am responsible for ensuring that the formation of our seminarians conforms to the program established for college seminary formation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
I also live and work with these young men every day, and every day I give God thanks for this ministry; because every day I am deeply moved by the extraordinary commitment our seminarians make to live their faith and to meet the high expectations
our seminary formation staff has established for them. Each individual brings something unique and special to the seminary community, but the one thing they all have in common is their love for Christ, their commitment to live their lives rooted in the Eucharist, and their desire to serve the Church.
Of course, they are also ordinary college kids who love pulling pranks on one another and staying up late at night—sometimes making it difficult for them to make it to Mass at 6:45 in the morning. But while they are ordinary young men in many ways, they have made an extraordinary commitment to respond to God’s call to discern the priesthood and to live their lives for Him.
Among our graduates there are now nine ordained priests and two transitional deacons, representing four (Arch)dioceses in the Midwest. Over the next few years, that number will grow rapidly as the size of our graduating classes continues to grow. Please pray
for the work that we do here at the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. It is important work. It is God’s work. And please pray also for our seminarians. Pray that they may come to know and to live, in a holy and authentic way, the life that God is calling them to live.