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  • The Pontifical

    North American CollegeM A G A Z I N E

    Inside- Diaconate Ordination 2004- New Men Arrive at the College- A Day at the Greg, Then and Now

    Winter 2004-05


  • Australia Comes to the NAC 4New Students come from Down Under.

    by Joseph Redfern 06

    Welcome New Faculty 5Rev. Richard Tomasek, SJ, & Rev. Msgr. David Bohr

    by Aaron Killips 07

    A Spiritual Reflection on Priesthood 11by Rev.Carter Griffin 04

    Summer Travels 12by Andrew Roza 07

    Rev. Paul Murray, OP 17A spiritual education with an Ange Professor

    by Joshua Guillory 07

    Pastoral Formation Workshop 25Seminarians learn to become Ministers of Empathy

    by Harold Reeves 08

    A Pilgrimage to Rome in Honor of Our Lady 30by Rev. Peter Mitchell


    Michael McClane

    Diocese of Trenton

    Class of 2006

    Assistant Editor

    Andrew Roza

    Archdiocese of Omaha

    Class of 2007

    Layout and Design

    John McDonald

    Diocese of Birmingham

    Class of 2007


    Seamus Griesbach

    Diocese of Portland

    Class of 2007

    D E P A R T M E N T S

    I N B R I E F

    For more information about the

    North American College, or to

    learn about opportunities

    for memorial gifts, contact Tricia

    Lloyd at our Washington, DC

    Office of Development:

    Tel: (202) 541-5411

    Fax: (202) 722-8804



    visit our website at

    The Rectors Corner 3by Rev. Msgr. Kevin McCoy 81, C86

    College Traditions 24House Cassocks

    by Rev. Mr. Brian Dellaert 05

    Vocation Stories 26Come and See

    by Joshua Waltz 07

    The Development Office 31by Tricia Lloyd

    The Economos Corner 32by Rev. Msgr. James Checchio 92, C97

    On the cover:

    First Class at the College,

    1859 (top);

    Diaconate Class of 2005 (bottom)

  • New Men, Old CallNew Student Orientation

    by Kim Shreck 07

    F E A T U R E S


    22Antonios Barber Shop

    A Cut Aboveby Rev. Mr. Steve Doktorczyk 05


    Ever Ancient, Ever NewA Day at the Greg,Then and Now

    by Christopher Roberts 07



    Stirring Up the Spirit Students Cook Up

    Recipes from Homeby Jay Mello 07

    Diaconate Ordination 2004Sent Out to Live the Mission

    by Rev. Mr. Adam Park 05

  • ChairmanMost Rev. Edwin F. OBrien C76Archbishop of the Military Services, USA

    Vice ChairmanMost Rev. Richard E. Pates 69

    Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

    SecretaryMost Rev. Patrick J. Zurek 75

    Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio

    TreasurerMost Rev. John J. Myers 67

    Archbishop of Newark

    Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair 75, C78Bishop of Toledo

    Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran 62, C78Bishop of Rockford

    His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan 58, C63Archbishop of New York

    Most Rev. Victor B. Galeone 61Bishop of St. Augustine

    Most Rev. John R. Gaydos 69Bishop of Jefferson City

    Most Rev. Joseph E. KurtzBishop of Knoxville

    Most Rev. William J. Levada 62, 69Archbishop of San Francisco

    Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell 63Archbishop of Hartford

    Most Rev. Anthony M. Milone 58Bishop of Great Falls-Billings

    Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan C77Bishop of Colorado Springs


    RectorRev. Msgr. Kevin C. McCoy 81, C86

    Vice Rector for AdministrationRev. Msgr. James Checchio 92, C97

    Vice Rector for Student LifeRev. Peter McGuine 90

    Superior, Casa Santa MariaRev. Msgr. Steven Raica 95

    Director of DevelopmentMrs. Tricia Lloyd

    Board of GovernorsIn MemoriamJames Cardinal Hickey


    The North American College community remembers in

    prayer our beloved former Rector, James Cardinal

    Hickey, who died on October 24, 2004. Cardinal Hickey

    was rector of our College from 1969 to 1974 and later

    was Archbishop of Washington from 1980 to 2000. Our

    next issue of this magazine will be dedicated in his honor.

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    his issue of the North American College magazinewill have you looking backward and forward as the men take a glimpse at the experience of their

    predecessors compared to their lives today. Im certain youwill enjoy the view through their looking glass.

    For me personally, however, the looking backward andforward has collapsed from fifty years ago to a short five orsix-year time span. What I mean is this just this past June,two alumni (both ordained priests in 2002) brought toRome a pilgrimage group of some forty high schoolseniors, newly graduated. These young men and womencame to Italy not only to experience Italian culture, but alsoto experience their Catholic faith.

    The Colleges two recent graduates were men whoarrived at the seminary in 1998, which is the same year I joined the Colleges faculty. Now these two priests were leading a group of faith-filled young Catholics whoenthusiastically participated in daily Mass. What is more,they celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation one afternoon at the seminary. Wholesome, reverent youngmen and women striving to live lives of holiness. And, dareI say, they are striving for holiness because they have beenwell-formed by the example of many teachers and familymembers, but what pleases me is that I know their liveshave been touched by the positive influence of priestswhose formation occurred in part within the walls of thisPontifical North American College.

    I am hopeful that two or three of those young pilgrimsmay respond to Our Lords invitation to the priesthood orthe religious life. And looking backward and forward, this

    is one thing that no one of us can ignore namely, that wemust always beg the harvest master to send workers to theharvest. Please join me and all at the College in praying forvocations. Encourage young people to consider this mostworthy call.

    God bless you for supporting our ongoing efforts ofpriestly formation. And, once you have had an oppor-tunity to read this issue of the North American Collegemagazine, pass it along to a friend of yours who may noteven know who we are and what we do!

    A blessed Christmas to you and yours . . .

    ...the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (Jn 10:11)

    T H E R E C T O R S C O R N E R

    Rev. Msgr. Kevin C. McCoy 81, C86Diocese of Sioux City


    ...looking backward and forward, this is onething that no one of us can ignore namely,that we must always beg the harvest master tosend workers to the harvest.


  • his year marks the beginning of a new era at thePontifical North American College. While it isnot uncommon to hear seminarians at theCollege speaking a bit of Italian, Spanish or even

    Latin, now it is more than likely that on your next visityou will hear such expressions as Gday mate, Howrya goin? or fair-dinkum. For the first time in theColleges history, there are students studying here forAustralian dioceses. Our new Australian seminariansthis year are Andrew Keswick (Archdiocese ofMelbourne), Nicolas Maurice (Diocese of Lismore) andJames McCarthy (Archdiocese of Sydney).

    How did this happy occurrence come about? In viewof the fact that Australia has no college in Rome, GeorgeCardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, approachedMsgr. Kevin McCoy about the possibility of sending

    seminarians to the NorthAmerican College. Msgr.McCoy presented this proposal to the Board of Governors, and they welcomed the idea.

    When I asked Andrew,Nicholas and James abouttheir initial reaction to thepossibility of completing

    their seminary formation at the College, they were veryoptimistic. The NAC has a great deal to offer, theysaid. They are very impressed with the students and for-mation teams fraternal spirit and deep love and com-mitment toward the Church. The challenges the Churchfaces in the United States are similar to those faced inAustralia, they said. While they could learn a great dealfrom the challenges that the Church in America faces,

    they added that perhaps thenew Australian element willoffer a glimpse at the life ofthe Church in another part ofthe world. This new devel-opment would be enrichingfor the Church. Moreover,they were hopeful that goodfriendships formed here at theCollege would continue wellinto future ministry.

    When asked if they had any major challenges in set-tling into the College, they said that while they some-times had to translate colloquial expressions into otherforms so as to be understood by their American com-panions, for the most part there were none. They saidthat formation they had received in Australia prior totheir arrival resonated well with what they had experi-enced so far at the College. Moreover, they were quickto identify the common ties between the American spir-it and that of their homeland. They look forward to theyears ahead as they journey together with theirAmerican brothers.

    As the students at the North American College con-tinue to reflect on the many gifts they have been givenand the great tradition they have inherited, they do sowith great hope, now alongside the newest members ofour community from Australia, who bring with themmany gifts of their own.

    Joseph Redfern

    Diocese of La Crosse

    Class of 2006

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    Stones known as the TwelveApostles off the coast ofAustralia.

    The Sydney Opera House,an internationally recognizedlandmark.

    Left to right: Andrew Keswick (Archdiocese of

    Melbourne, 07), James McCarthy (Archdiocese of Sydney,

    08), and Nicholas Maurice (Diocese of Lismore, 08).


    WELCOME MATES! Three Australian students come to the NAC

  • his year the North American College welcomes two new faculty members along with all of the New Men.Rev. Msgr. David Bohr and Rev. Richard Tomasek, S.J., come to us with differing backgrounds and awealth of experience.

    For Msgr. Bohr, coming here is a bit of a homecoming. He is no stranger to Rome or the North American College; a graduate ofthe College as a member of the Class of 1972, Msgr. Bohr returned tograduate from the Casa Santa Maria in1977, receiving his S.T.D. inmoral theology from the Accademia Alfonsiana. Msgr. Bohr was also herein Rome for his philosophy studies, which he completed at the RomanCollege. He is a priest from the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, andhas been helping in the formation of priests for 16 years the last 14 asrector of St. Pius X Seminary in Dalton, Pennsylvania. He comes back tothe North American College as the new Academic Dean. Msgr. Bohr hasbeen involved in priestly formation continuously since 1978, when hewas named Director of Continuing Education for Priests in the Scrantondiocese. He did that until he joined the faculty of St. Pius X Seminary.He stated upon his arrival at the North American College, My appoint-ment to the faculty here allows me to continue a ministry I have grownto love, in a place I also love. I really enjoy being with seminarians. Theirenergy and commitment constantly renew my own priestly ministry.

    Fr. Tomasek comes to the College as the new Director of SpiritualFormation. He is a priest from the Wisconsin Province of The Society ofJesus, although Msgr. McCoy is quick to point out that Fr. Tomasek,like himself, was born in Iowa. Fr. Tomasek has previously served in aparish, worked as a teacher and retreat master, and for the last eightyears has served as the Director of Spiritual Formation at the PontificalCollege Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Fr. Tomasek said upon beginning his time here, I am impressed by how well things are donehere at the NAC. All is done with professionalism, prayer and genuinehuman care. The faculty, staff and student body have made it a joy tobecome part of this community and ministry.

    We look forward to having Msgr. Bohr and Fr. Tomasek serve integral roles in the formation of future priests of Jesus Christ. May theLord abundantly bless both of them and their ministry here in Rome.

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    Benvenuti Tutti!The College Welcomes New Faculty Members


    Rev. Richard Tomasek, S.J.

    Rev. Msgr. David Bohr

    Aaron Killips

    Diocese of Savannah

    Class of 2007

  • have often associated my time in seminary formationwith the temptation of Jesus in the desert. This mightseem like a strange analogy, but as one reads how Jesus

    was led by the Spirit into the desert (Lk 4,1), it becomesapparent that we seminarians can relate to his desire to be insolitude with God the Father before venturing forth on hismission. The same Spiritdrove us into our owndesert, in which we desiredto seek the face of God andexplored the depths of thisvocation to priesthood.

    While in the desert Jesusexperienced temptations. Wesimilarly had plenty ofmoments of temptation during our time in the desert.Whether these were thethoughts of inadequacy,doubt, or even fear, every


    DiaconateOrdination 2004

    Sent Out to Live the Mission


    Above: New deacons bring up the gifts for the EucharisticSacrifice.

    Above right: The assembly gathers In St. Peters Basilicabefore the ordination.

    Right: Bishop Sartain of Little Rock ordains Adam Park(Washington, 05).

  • seminarian was tempted at some point to leave the desertprematurely. However, as Jesus rebuked the devil by thetruth and goodness of God, we too found courage andperseverance from the grace of Gods call.

    Jesus was also in the desert for forty days. For alength of time lasting anywhere from four to seven years,each of us spent our own forty days in the desert. Thedifference in years does not suggest that one was morequalified or refined than the other, but it was rather theprecise amount of time that God desired for each one ofus to be in the seminary, in order for us to be ready forthe mission.

    When his time in the desert was over, Jesus returnedto Galilee to preach the Gospel. Jesus was not sent into

    the world to remain in the desert, but ultimately to proclaim the love and mercy of God. We too were notcalled to remain in seminary formation indefinitely. Wenow find ourselves moving out of the desert to ventureforth into the world to live out Gods mission.

    On the seventh of October, twelve men wereordained to the Order of the Diaconate. Having receivedthis tremendous sacrament, we have been radically transformed to be Christ to this world. We are nowresponsible to manifest all that we learned in the desert,in an integrated way, through lives that mirror Christ theServant, who came not to be served but to serve. One can even say that our very lives are nurtured andmotivated by this service.

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    Clockwise from top: Bishop Sartain offers the consecratory prayer over the dea-cons; The deacon candidates listen attentively to the bishop as he questions the electabout their responsibilities and obligations as deacons; Brian Dellaert (Dubuque,05) makes his promise of obedience with his hands inside those of the bishop; Msgr.McCoy gives testimony that these men have been found worthy of Holy Orders.

  • 8As we move out of the desert into a life of complete service, we needto make adjustments. As newly ordained deacons, we are beginning to seewhat it means to live totally in service to God and His people, to preachthe Word of God effectively and sincerely, both in our words and by theconduct of our lives, and to serve at the altar with utter reverence beforethe Holy Sacrifice. Despite the slight trepidation in this new lifestyle, weare all zealously eager to go forth in this mission to proclaim the love andmercy of God.

    There is great excitement and eagerness to return to the world andserve God and His people, but at the same time, we are fully aware thatthere will be difficulties and temptations along the way. It will be in thosemoments that we will find strength by remembering our experience in thedesert, when we recall Gods love and His continual grace that sustainedus. My brother deacons and I will always be grateful for the abundant giftsthat God has given us during our time in seminary, and we excitedly awaitthe many blessings He will bring along our way as we begin our mission.

    Rev. Mr. Adam Park

    Archdiocese of Washington

    Class of 2005

    The Class of 2005 together with His HolinessJohn Paul II the day before their diaconate ordination.

    Msgr. McCoy and the newly ordained deaconsdistribute Holy Communion.

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    Rev. Mr. Daniel Hanley (Arlington, 05) surrounded by family after theOrdination.

    Pontifical North American College M A G A Z I N E

    Rev. Mr. Jason Tyler (Little Rock 05) distributesthe Precious Blood during Holy Communion.

    Rev. Mr. Steven Doktorzyk (Orange in California,05) distributes the Precious Blood.

    Rev. Mr. Joseph Freeman, (San Diego,05) distributes the Precious Blood.

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    Karl Bissinger Diocese of Fall River

    David Carter Diocese of Knoxville

    Brian Dellaert Diocese of Dubuque

    Stephen Doktorczyk Diocese of Orange in California

    Justin Fish Diocese of Duluth

    Joseph Freeman Diocese of San Diego

    Randy Fronek Diocese of Rockford

    John Gallas Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

    Gerald Goodrum Diocese of Galveston-Houston

    Daniel Hanley Diocese of Arlington

    Eric Hastings Diocese of Duluth

    Donald Libby Diocese of Gaylord

    Anthony Lonzo Diocese of Columbus

    Jason Makos Archdiocese of Boston

    Adam Park Archdiocese of Washington

    Robert Poitras Archdiocese of Boston

    Mark Reburiano Archdiocese of San Francisco

    Mark Steffl Diocese of New Ulm

    Craig Timmerman Diocese of New Ulm

    Jason Tyler Diocese of Little Rock

    William Vit Diocese of Sioux City

    Michael Vuky Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

    Left: Bishop Sartainordains Steven Doktorzyk.

    Right and below: Fr.Pierre Paul, OMV, Directorof Liturgical Music, leadsthe College Choir, providingmagnificent music for theordination.

    Below right: The newdeacons process out of theBasilica.

    Congratulations to the Class of 2005

  • s I left for my ordination in Washington, DC, one of

    the spiritual directors at the North American College

    reminded me that I was not preparing for a day, but for

    a lifetime as a priest. It was good advice. Certainly, there is tremen-

    dous personal satisfaction in achieving the aim of six years of study

    and prayer. In that sense, ordination to the priesthood is the end

    and culmination of a journey. In a deeper sense, however, it is a

    new beginning. On May 29, with seven other men from my

    Archdiocese, I finally began my new life as a priest.

    In the weeks and months leading up to ordination, it was

    difficult to remain focused. There were many details involved in

    preparing, organizing, and anticipating the arrival of family and

    friends. When the day of ordination finally arrived, though, I felt

    ready and at peace. The ceremony in the Shrine of the Immaculate

    Conception in Washington, DC, was splendid; the Mass of

    Thanksgiving the following day though I was nervous was

    profoundly humbling and moving; and the receptions and lun-

    cheons with family and friends were most enjoyable. It truly was a

    weekend of graces and blessings.

    The greatest blessing of all, however, was the reality of what

    had just happened to me. Celebrating Mass on Pentecost Sunday,

    hearing confessions for the first time, and beginning to assume my

    new role as a spiritual father and guide, were unforgettable

    moments in my life. When I

    stop and reflect on what I am

    doing, I am overwhelmed by a

    sense of gratitude and unwor-

    thiness, and I remind myself

    that it is the Lords work and

    the Lords will for my life, that

    He alone will be my strength

    and my support in the priest-


    As the ordination weekend

    drew to a close, I was eager to

    begin my new duties as

    associate pastor at St.

    Anthonys church in

    Northeast Washington. After

    a brief time of rest, I arrived

    and began my routine of

    celebrating daily Mass,

    visiting the sick, teaching

    children, and hearing

    confessions at the nearby Basilica. There is a great desire today

    for good and faithful preaching, reverent Masses, and gentle

    confessors. With an earnest desire to sustain my interior life of

    prayer, I beg God that I may be a good priest.

    Too often, I think, there is a tendency to focus on the

    challenges that priests face today; and to be sure, there are plenty.

    But if my first months are any indication at all, there is also

    tremendous joy in the priesthood, and great hope for the future.

    My friends advice was right: I was preparing not for a day, but for

    a lifetime. Now more than ever, and despite all those challenges, it

    is a life that I would not trade for the world.

    Rev. Carter Griffin

    Archdiocese of Washington

    Class of 2004

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    Fr. Griffin celebrates his first Mass.

    Fr. Griffin imparts hispriestly blessing.

    Fr. Griffin preaches at his first Mass.


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    ome experiences are truly beyond words; my summer was undoubtedly one of them. My summer included a two-week pilgrimage

    to the Holy Land and Ignatius 30 day SpiritualExercises. I was fortunate enough to make theseExercises at a place called St. Beunos, a beautiful houseoverlooking the valley of Clwyd in northern Wales.

    It is safe to say that visiting the very places whereJesus himself trod was an unforgettable experience.Whether walking through the cramped and hectic streetsof the Old City of Jerusalem, or sitting peacefully on theshores of the rather small lake known as the Sea ofGalilee, one is intensely aware that God Himself chose toinhabit this place.

    It is unfortunate that there have been so many difficulties in the Holy Land. Nevertheless nearly all ofthe holy sites remain open, safe, well maintained, and,somewhat eerily, empty. We found ourselves practicallyalone at some of the most sacred places in the world,

    such as the Garden of Gethsemane, and Capernaum,where Peter and Andrew made their living as fishermen.While it was sad that more pilgrims were not visitingthese places, the quiet which was present at many ofthese sites provided us with a special opportunity toimmerse ourselves in the mystery of God makingHimself present to us in a particular time and place.

    While certainly all these experiences were special inand of themselves, they became doubly important for meas I embarked upon the Spiritual Exercises the nextmonth. St. Ignatius himself spent a great deal of time inthe Holy Land; this is evident in the way he composeshis Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius asks the retreatant tocompose the place, to imagine it and to place oneselfin it, using all the senses in the process. Having seen somany of the locations cited in Scripture, placing myselfinside of the Gospel accounts felt almost natural.

    The demands that Ignatius places upon one whomakes the Spiritual Exercises are many. The retreatant is


    W ith My Lord Where He W alked

    It forced me to face

    up to what I really

    am, a person whose

    every action, good or

    bad, is in relation to


    Andy Roza stands under

    an olive tree in the Garden

    of Gethsemane.

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    A traditional view of the holy city ofJerusalem as seen from outside thewalls.

    expected to pray five hours a day, remaining in silence throughout, with theexception of some time spent speaking with a director. The silence, whileat times difficult, was also very instructive. It forced me to face up to whatI really am, a person whose every action, good or bad, is in relation toChrist. There is, after all, only one thing in our lives that is guaranteed neither to end nor to be interrupted, and that is our relationship with ourCreator. In those 30 days, stripped from televisions, computers, and all elsethat normally serves to entertain me, I was better able to see what God wants for my life: the joy and peace that can come only through self-offering to Him, and self-sacrifice for others.

    The experiences of this summer will have an impact upon the rest ofmy life, and on the lives of all those I will serve in the future. There is onlyone adequate response to such lavish generosity, and that is gratitude. I look forward to living the Gospel in a renewed way, both in my time offormation here at the College, and in the future when I am back home inthe United States.

    Andrew Roza

    Class of 2007

    Archdiocese of Omaha

    Sunset overlooking the Clwyd Valley and St. Beunos Ignatian Spirituality Center.

  • ince the founding of the Gregorian, the currents ofCatholic theology have remained the same, and thusethe university today closely resembles its 16th century


    The above was the observation of a NorthAmerican College student a little under fifty years agowhen writing for the predecessor to this magazine,Roman Echoes. In those halcyon days of the fiftieswhen tradition was not often challenged, it was natural to have great respect for the centuries-old pedagogy of the Gregorian University.

    The language of instruction, as it had always been,was Latin the mother tongue of the Church in theWest. This was the language of the sacred liturgy andthe great masters Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.Examinations were oral and likewise in Latin. Just asthe Church had come of age speaking Latin, so theseminarian was expected to mature in theological studyusing the Latin language. Todays student attends hislectures in Italian, and is able to take oral exams in any

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    Top Left: The Aula Magna at the Gregorian, ca. 1959.Above Left: Fr.Timothy Zapelena, S.J., teaches at the Gregorian in1959.Above Right: Fr. Scott Brodeur, S.J., uses power point technology inthe ancient aula of the Gregorian University.



    Thinking Back, Looking Forward:Theologians in Training

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    Right: Students at the Gregorian from all over the world await thestart of class.

    Above: Students scratch out notes in Latin during a lecture ca.1910.Above Right: Today, students use efficient laptops in the samelecture hall, which is now equipped with wireless Internet.

    of the six official languages of the Gregorian English,Spanish, Italian, German, French, or Portuguese.

    Each morning, the Roman seminarians of decades pastdescended on the Gregorian from their respective colleges.Due to the distance from the Janiculum Hill to theGregorian, men of the North American College cametogether by a special bus. Upon arrival, the American seminarians joined others from all over the Catholic world.Despite their diverse countries of origin, there was a strik-ing uniformity of appearance among the seminarians.Each wore a cassock and black shoes. Every one of themseemed to go to the same barber. One by one they marchedto their assigned sections in the aula for class and sat downat attention with notepad and pen in hand.

    Today, men of the College who study at the Greg areon their own getting to and from class. Some elect to walk,others take a municipal bus, and the more adventurous buy

    A class at the Gregorian ca. 1890.

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    Above: Between classes, students discuss some of the finer points of thelecture.

    a motorino and try to navigate the Roman traffic. Aclerical shirt and black pants have replaced the cas-sock as class attire. While there are seminarians whostill use a notepad and pen to take notes, more andmore use laptop computers and Palm Pilots.Students with laptops can even check their emailduring breaks between lectures!

    Then, just as today, academic work did not endafter pranzo. Today the men may have a theologyseminar or will spend time in private study. Fiftyyears ago, in the afternoons, a member of the facul-ty who attended the lectures would summarize thelectures in English so that the men could be surethat they understood each professors particular wayof speaking and pronouncing Latin. Students spentprivate study time either reading Latin sources ortextbooks, reviewing their class notes, or practicingLatin with a classmate in order to prepare for oralexams. Seminarians did the first two in their ownsparsely decorated rooms; the last had to be done ina public space because the men were forbidden toenter one anothers rooms.

    Such an academic environment had the advantage of hundreds of years of mystique behindit. Hundreds of popes, bishops and saints wereproducts of this very Gregorian system. One canonly imagine the chills that went up and down thespines of the young men as they sat down for theirfirst class after having been told of those who hadgone before them. And today this is much the same,as the men, now studying in Italian, reflect on thehard work and accomplishments undertaken bytheir predecessors. Without a doubt, knowing thishelps the men today, as it did for their forebears, tosee their daily struggles as the light burden of thesweet yoke of Christ. While the pedagogy at theGregorian has changed somewhat in the last fiftyyears, students today still cannot help but feel thatthey stand on the sure foundation of the men whowent before them.

    Christopher Roberts

    Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

    Class of 2007 Above: Alejandro del Toro, (07, Rockford) chats with his classmates,including religious women, who in previous years, were not present intheology classes at the Gregorian.

    Above: After class, students gather to ask Fr. Pie-Ninotquestions and clarifications.

  • is class on spiritual theology is more like a seriesof spiritual conferences, according to many ofthe students who have taken Fr. Paul Murraysclasses. A priest for over 30 years, this Irish

    Dominican has been teaching at the Angelicum for thepast 11 years. Here are some of the thoughts of thispriest, poet, and pastor of souls, on the priesthood andon the spiritual treasures of the Church.

    Q: Father, what shape do you thinkpriesthood will take in the future?A: At present, priests are asked to bealmost too many things: counselors,social workers, psychologists, administrators. But what will mattermost, in the future, is a recovery of the sacred role of the priest and of hisrole as preacher. Of course, priestsmust remain good counselors andadministrators. But what the peopleneed most from us is that we have living knowledge of God. They needfor us to be able to speak of God andof Gods nature.

    Q: What about the great spiritualauthors and saints in the Church?A: At core, they are wonderful preach-ers of the Gospel who have foundwords to tell us what God is like. Theirlives bear witness not only to the beau-ty and goodness of God, but also to thebeauty and mystery of the Church.Thus, despite all St. Teresa of Avila suf-fered in the Church, with her lastbreath she exclaimed: Thank God Iam dying a daughter of the Church!The saints help us understand that, forliving faith, we need both hard-headedthinking and a profound and simplefaith. They also have much to teach us

    about what Von Balthasar called the greatest disaster inthe history of the Church: the split between theologyand devotion. In their lives, there is no divide betweentheology and devotion, between spirituality and faith.We can look back to the Churchs spiritual tradition tolearn how to bridge this gap.

    Q: Any saints in particular come to mind?A: Catherine of Siena, who is almostmy favorite saint, says that God allowsthe humiliations that priests some-times endure to help them be compas-sionate and not cruel toward the weakand suffering. She well understoodwhat Cardinal Newman meant whenhe said that the priest who has not suf-fered will be inclined, when preaching,to speak only about himself. I alsoadmire St. Thomas Aquinas. In hiswork he shows how we can stay closeto the fundamentals of our faith with-out becoming fundamentalist. I amalso attracted by the little saints, especially Bernadette. It was atLourdes, incidentally, that I found myvocation to priesthood.

    Q: How does being a poet help you tosee the sacred nature of things?

    A: Beauty is the most ordinary way thatGod draws us to himself. Compunctionis that moment wherein God touchesand wakens us to his presence. We needto name this moment for our people, togive them a vocabulary to help thembelieve in the reality of Gods grace intheir lives. The preacher does this in oneway, the poet in another. Of course, youdont have to be a poet to be piercedthrough by the beauty of God.

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    Priest and PoetA Chat with Fr. Paul Murray, O.P.


    Joshua GuilloryDiocese of LafayetteClass of 2007

    O Hidden God!Not the slow drum beating In the heart, the music In the blood. Not step by stepLed forward through the darkPalpable medium of the senses.And yet, at the beginning notesOf truth, when at last the tiredDislocated strings of the spiritHave been wound back into place,A new stroke of rhythm, a new musicBegins to quicken in my pulse,Begins to waken out of slothTo a lovers disciplineBoth my disjointed sense and thoughtUntil, with no other guide,No other plan except that inner throbAnd cadence in my blood, I am drawnOut into the darkness towards You.

    Fr. Paul Murray, O.P.

    Fr. Paul Murray, O.P

  • his fall the North American College communitywelcomed 44 New Men to their new home herein Rome. These new brothers arrive from over30 dioceses across the United States and, for the

    first time, Australia. While the transition for the NewMen to the College may be daunting, the hospitalityoffered to them by the residents of the College, and thetremendous opportunities available to them in the spiritual and historic surroundings of Rome, make themfeel very welcome.

    While these men leave family, friends, and familiarity to cleave to Christ and His Church in hercity, they do so on her terms. Rome holds a new culture,

    people, language, and a way of doing and not doingthings. Through the transition of these first days, thewords of the prophet Jeremiah are particularly consoling:For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, saysthe Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans togive you a future full of hope. For these new brothers,life at the College and in Rome challenges them to experience Christs plan of love and hope.

    During the two week period of orientation, the menhad the opportunity to hope and pray with the Churchin all of her splendor and simplicity. Their first opportunity was Mass with Peter, at his Basilica besidehis bones, followed shortly thereafter by a visit to Peters

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    The usual confusion ensues as new seminarians waitfor their bags at the airport.

    Orientation 2004A New Journey Guided by Those of the Past


    The New Men are welcomed as they enter theImmaculate Conception Chapel for the first time.

    The Class of 2008 outside of St. Peters Basilica.

  • successor, John Paul II, at Castel Gandolfo for theSunday Angelus. This rooted the brothers in the Romansoil nourished by the blood of the Prince of the Apostles,and reminded them that shepherding is a sacrifice.

    Later the men were able to spend a weekend inAssisi, in the dust of Francis and Clare, breathing in theair of peace which instilled in them the need to recognizetheir poverty before Christ. To honor our Americanroots, and to keep them united to those whom theydesire to serve, they marked September 11 by celebratingMass at the World War II military cemetery in Nettuno.Orientation concluded with a pilgrimage of prayer to thefounder of the College, Blessed Pope Pius IX, and forone of the Colleges seminarians, Servant of God FrankParater. These men of the past reminded those of thepresent that they are not alone in this new stage of theirdiscernment.

    Under her title of Our Lady of Humility, Maryextends her mantle of protection over these new brothers, not just during the days of orientation, butthroughout their time in Rome. As patroness of theCollege, she stands as a reminder to them of that humility which is central to Christs plan of hope forthem.

    These men have boldly responded to the invitationof Christs plan for their lives. They ask for your prayersand love as they continue to embrace His plan, and asthey pray for you whose support has made this time oftransition such a tremendous gift.

    Kim J. Schreck, Diocese of Pittsburgh

    & Daniel Waldeck, Archdiocese of Denver

    Class of 2007

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    Left: New seminarians celebrate Mass at theCasa Santa Maria.

    Above and Right: New Men and the

    Orientation Team celebrate Mass and offer

    prayers at the American military cemetery at

    Nettuno on September 11.

    Left to Right: His Holiness John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo; The Rector and seminarians praythe Angelus with the Holy Father; Seminarians listen to the greeting of the Holy Father for theNew Men.

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    John Peck, III (Greensburg),Andrew Keswick (Melbourne),Robert Lampitt (Peoria),Brandon Allison (Springfield, IL),Jesse Zyskowski (Scranton),Nicholas Maurice (Lismore)

    Mark Glover (Springfield),Albert Marcello, III (Providence),Ryan Moravitz (Duluth),Thomas Niehaus (Winona),Mark Milbocker (Altoona-Johnstown),Michael Vanek, (Omaha)

    The CollegeWelcomes the

    New Men

    Justin Kizewski (La Crosse),Jonathan Reardon (Springfield),David Stecher (Kansas City, KS),Nicholas Argentieri (Pittsburgh),Paul Fasano (Rockford),Gabriel Acua (Chicago),Dylan Corbett (Providence)

    New seminarians gather to pray in the Church of San Lorenzo Fuori leMure, where Blessed Pope Pius IX, founder of the College, is buried.

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    David Thurber (Providence),Samuel Kachuba (Bridgeport),Benjamin Sember (Green Bay),Jason Parzynski (Lansing),Michael Brummond (Green Bay),Ernest Cibelli (Baltimore),Gregory Loughney (Scranton)

    Joshua Ehli (Bismarck),Theodore Lange (Portland, OR),Franz Klein (La Crosse),Kevin Regan (Washington),Vincent DeRosa (Washington),Jeremy Rodrigues (Providence)

    Shane Deman (Sioux City),John Gordon, III (Madison),David Brown (Arlington),Joel Sember (Green Bay),Patrick Riffle (Washington),Nicholas Dudo (Camden)

    Joseph Previtali (San Francisco),James McCarthy (Sydney),Joseph Freedy (Pittsburgh),Ronnie Floyd (Fall River),Steven Titus (Cheyenne),Liam OMara (Omaha)

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    he year was 1958. Antonio Fulciniti, havingrecently arrived in Rome from Calabria, beganworking at a barbershop just west of PiazzaNavona in Rome. At first he worked as a

    barbers helper and was responsible for the upkeep ofthe shop. When the owner retired a few years later, thefirst Antonio began cutting hair.

    Antonio Number 2, as he has come to be known,had worked a few years as a barber in Naples. Afterserving in the military, he moved to Rome in 1970.Antonio Palmieri then began cutting hair with the firstAntonio, in this barbershop along the Greg Route.Since his arrival, businesses would come and go, butthe Antonii and their barbershop, known simply asAntonios, hung in there, keeping a steady stream ofclients.

    Being in business together for over thirty yearsmay not be that uncommon. But for priests, religiousand seminarians, frequenting Antonios is a traditionin itself. Since the average seminarian spends four tofive years studying in Rome, it is a good thing for thetwo Antonios that word of mouth advertising goes along way. To this day, new priests and seminarianscontinue the tradition of patronizing Antonios.

    Antonio Palmieri has fond memories of his rela-tionship with seminarians from the North AmericanCollege. He joyfully reminisces about the banteringthat has taken place between them and the seminari-ans. Once a videocassette of the New Man vs. OldMan football game was brought to the shop for every-ones enjoyment. The elder Antonio rooted for the OldMen while the junior rooted for the New Men.

    They will also cut your hair any way you like it.One popular way is con macchina or with an electricrazor. They are pretty talented with the scissors as

    well. The barbers are very patient, knowing that ourItalian is limited.

    Antonio Number 2 is very satisfied as a barber. Heenjoys socializing, hearing what is going in peopleslives (like a priest does), saying hello to the peoplewho walk by and listening to the radio. He points outthat while seminarians, priests and religious make up afair amount of their business, artists, mechanics andpoets are also regular clients.

    Stefano Fulciniti, son of the first Antonio, joinedthe business about two years ago. For many years, hecut womens hair at another shop. He came on boardwhen an area was added on to accommodate thestyling needs of women, but he is qualified to serve thefashion needs of all.

    Like all good things that must come to an end, theAntonios are no exception. On February 22, 2004 thefirst Antonio passed away. It was a sad time for all ofus. Some priests here offered Masses for the repose ofhis soul. Now his son Stefano will try to carry on thetradition. As long as Antonios is in business, they cancount on loyal patronage from priests and seminariansof our College.

    Stephen Doktorczyk

    Diocese of Orange

    Class of 2005

    Steve Doktorzyk gets a cut from Antonio Palmieriand Stefano Fulciniti.


    The two Antonii enjoy a little break together


  • ollowing my ordination, the first priestly act Idid was to gather with my family and give my

    mother the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.She would die three weeks later.

    One may wonder why I wouldchoose to begin an article about thejoys of being a priest with that memory, but for me it was not a tragic event. My moms passing washeartbreaking, but because I was a priest, I was notpowerless in the face of her cancer. It is true that Icould not cure her, but I could bring the presence ofGod to her during that time of trial and help prepareher and my family for her passing from this life to the

    next.More than anything

    else, that is what my priesthood has been like,bringing and finding Godspresence in everyday life inthat of the people I serve aswell as in my own. It is a lifefull of laughs and jokes, accidents and errors, accom-plishments and failures. Howcan you describe to anyone the

    sheer awe you experience when you witness the trans-formations that take place in the lives of the faithful?There is the elation of standing at the altar, pronounc-ing the words of consecration and knowing that God ispresent. There is also the laughing until it hurts, whenyou get together with your classmates and relive boththe colorful events we enjoyed while living at theCollege and the bumblings, gaffes and blunders wehave committed since then.

    My priesthood has been at times everything that Ihoped it would be and, at other times, everything Ifeared. When I worked in the restaurant business priorto my entrance into the seminary, I would tell people

    that the best part of my job was the people that I gotto work with and the worst part was the people thatI had to work with. That still holds true in the priestly ministry, but there is a greater depth and

    richness now. It is a richness that wasalways there, but is much enhancednow that I am able to share with oth-ers the things that are closest to me Christ in the sacraments.

    Recently, a parishioner asked me if I thought that Iwould still be so conservative if I had gone to a seminary other than the North American College.Going to Rome, I explained, has had nothing to dowith me being conservative, liberal, orthodox or anything else. Yes, being able to visit the ancientchurches, where so many heroically holy people haveworshiped, did affect me. Yes, being able to study withand under some of the most brilliant people I have everknown has influenced me. Yes, personally witnessingthe Holy Father and how he has led the Church hasinspired me, but that has not had the effect of slanting my ministry in a particular political direction. Rather, it underscoresfor me how my priesthood standsupon the shoulders of the giantswho have passed the faith on to us,how fortunate I have been, andhow staggeringly much God lovesus. W ith a heritage like that, thefuture will be nothing less thanwonderful. It is a future full ofhope and rich with promise.

    Rev. Bradley C. PelzelDiocese of Sioux City

    Class of 2002


    AN ALUMNUS SPEAKS...Everyday Joys

    FI am able to share the thingswhich are closest to me Christ in the sacraments.

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    Fr. Pelzels mother at hisordination.

    Fr. Pelzel distributesCommunion in his homeparish.

  • hen people today flip through the class pho-tographs of alumni outside the Red Room, theynotice hundreds of seminarians in years past

    wearing the distinctive house cassocks of the College.These house cassocks are as old as the College itself.Their colors were selected to look patriotic with the red,white, and blue. Furthermore, as Robert McNamaranotes in his book on the history of the College, the col-ors also had religious significance; the black cassock rep-resented humility, the blue trim and buttons recalleddevotion to the Immaculate Virgin, and the red sashstood for redemption.

    While some speculate that the design of the cassockcame from Bernini himself, it is more certain that thedesign comes from the house cassock of the College ofthe Propaganda Fide, attended by seminarians from mis-sionary countries. Some American seminarians studiedthere before our own College was founded and probablyadopted the design of their house cassock. Because eachnational college in Rome had its own unique seminariancassock, the cassock became an important source ofidentity for seminarians studying here.

    Over the last forty years the use of house cassocks inRome decreased and, in some cases, disappeared altogether. Only a dozen of the North AmericanColleges original house cassocks remained, and theywere not in very good condition. For several years onlythe Masters of Ceremonies were able to wear them

    during solemn feasts. Lastyear at one of the Colleges liturgical celebrations,Archbishop Daniel Croninnoticed one of the Masters of

    Ceremonies wearing the old house cassock. After speak-ing to the Rector, he made a very generous personal giftto have new house cassocks made, ensuring their use foryears to come.

    The College arranged for a tailor to make thirty newhouse cassocks to be used more frequently in the ceremonial and liturgical life of the College. Already wehave been able to use our uniform for special events,such as Cardinal Edmund Szokas 50th Anniversary ofpriestly ordination and the Pallium celebrations on theSolemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Many of those inattendance shared their delight that the seminarians wereonce again wearing these cassocks.

    The first twelve seminarians of the North AmericanCollege wore their brand new house cassocks on the dayof the Inauguration of the college in 1859. Now, nearly150 years later, the current seminarians of the Collegegratefully acknowledge that, through the generosity ofArchbishop Cronin, they will be able to make this tradi-tion a part of the life of the College once again. With thisgift our identity will no longer be memorialized only inphotographs, but will also have a place in our livingmemories for many years to come.

    Rev. Mr. Brian Dellaert

    Archdiocese of Dubuque

    Class of 2005

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    C O L L E G E T R A D I T I O N SI received from the Lord what I handed down to you... (1 Cor 11:23)

    House Cassocks


    Compare the house cassock circa1959 (left) to todays house cassock, as worn by RyanBredemeyer (Peoria, 07).

    Seminarians in house cassocks buy chocolateand Vatican stamps andexchange money at thestudent lounge in 1959.

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    n older man has lost his wife of 45 years, and isfinding it hard to go on living. A middle agedparishioner cannot understand why his wife of 6

    years has suddenly decided to walk out on him. The sonof two of the parishs extraordinary ministers has developed a problem with alcoholism.

    The seminarian knows that these are situations he is almost certain to encounter in ministry. People cometo their priests with problems that are often deeply personal and intensely painful. They come expectingunderstanding. They come expecting explanations. Theycome hoping to hear the voice of Jesus speaking to theirlives. The prospect can be daunting. For while the academic formation the seminarian receives has givenhim knowledge of the Faith, these situations call forsomething more the ability tounderstand the things that people are not necessarily saying,to reach out to people who arehurting, and to comfort andguide them through their darkest times.

    To meet the needs of the future priests currently in formation, the North American College offers anannual pastoral counseling workshop each fall. Theworkshop, which meets for six hours a day over the course of a week, aims to foster empathetic communication skills and to introduce the seminarian tothe unique counseling difficulties that are presented bythe elderly, the young, the bereaved, and many other categories of persons. The workshop also teaches theseminarian the importance of defining and respectingappropriate personal boundaries with parishioners andparish employees.

    This year, the responsibility of introducing the 39men of the class of 2006 to the art of pastoral counselingfell to Father Ross Shecterle. A priest of the Archdioceseof Milwaukee since 1986, Father Ross holds an M.A.

    and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology fromLoyola College in Baltimore, as well as an S.T.L. fromthe University of Louvain. He began teaching pastoralcounseling in 1998 at St. Marys Seminary in Baltimore,where he was an adjunct in residence. Before coming tothe North American College, Father Ross was on facultyat St. Francis de Sales Seminary in his home diocese sixyears, the last two years spent as vice-rector.

    Father Ross began each day with a series of lectures,introducing the men to the topic of the day. These lectures reviewed the variety of pastoral counseling models that have been proposed by Catholic psycholo-gists. They reviewed the wrong and right ways to askprobing questions of those who come for counseling,introduced the topics of counseling the victims of sexual

    abuse, and explained the rightand wrong ways to reach out to aperson contemplating suicide.

    The heart of the workshop,however, was to be found in the

    opportunity for role playing. The men took the partsof both parishioners and priests. Father Ross providedsome scenarios, but in the majority of cases, the seminarians were allowed to play the parts of peoplewhom they had encountered during their summer parishassignments or before entering the seminary. The resultwas an opportunity to reflect on real life experience,while at the same time sharing that experience and thelessons learned therefrom with the entire class.

    As a result of the workshop, the seminarians of theNorth American College now stand better prepared tomeet the challenges of parish ministries and to serve theneeds of their communities in the 21st century.

    Harold Reeves

    Archdiocese of Washington

    Class of 2006

    Ministers of EmpathyThe Daunting Yet Rewarding Task Facing Future Priests


    They come hoping to hear the voiceof Jesus speaking to their lives.

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    ...come after me and I will make you fishers of men. (Mt 5:19)

    V O C A T I O N S T O R I E S

    Come and See

    What do you want?To know what will bring me happiness, Lord.Come and see! (Jn 1:38-39).

    knew the Lord would show me the happiness I wasseeking, but I was afraid of what that happinessentailed. As in all things, He took the initiative.

    At the beginning of my senior year of high school, twodetermined priests were brought on staff to teach religion. I had always dreaded religion class until thatyear, when these two priests laid the rock foundation of my vocation. They saw something in me that I had neverseen, and day after day they would remind me of whatthey saw. You decided to join the ranks yet Waltzy?they would ask. Day after day I would respond, Yeah,thats pretty funny, Father! and would laugh as I walkedaway. Whether I wanted to admit it or not, a greatschism in my heart had begun.

    The two priests decided to organize a trip to Romeafter our graduation that year. My mother, who hasnever ceased praying for my vocation to the priesthood,thought this would be a wonderful chance for me toexperience the Faith. I decided to go, first because I lovedto travel, second because a couple of my friends wouldbe on the trip, and third, because the drinking age inItaly was sixteen! Little did I know what awaited meacross the ocean!

    As I walked into St. Peters Basilica for the first time,I nearly fell over. I had never seen anything so amazing.Being from small-town North Dakota, where the biggestbuilding we have is the state capitol and art is centeredaround who can build the biggest life-like model of a

    cow, this was pretty spectacular. My faith grew exponen-tially during my nine-day pilgrimage, as we visited theholy sites of the Eternal City. The vision of priesthooddid not seem so strange anymore.

    After supper one night it was announced that twostudents from our group of 33 would meet the HolyFather the next morning, because our Bishop was inRome for his ad limina visit. All of our names wereplaced in a hat, and two were picked. Before the firstname came out, I said a little prayer in my heart: Lord,

    if You will that I should be a priest, pick my name. Ibreathed a sigh of relief as the first name waspickedonly to choke on that sigh as my name wasdrawn next.

    Upon returning home I decided that in the littleprayer I had uttered that night before meeting the HolyFather, I had never asked when I should be a priest,only if I should be a priest. God fortunately does notgive up as easily as we do.

    My college years slipped away quickly as did my faith.On summer break of my junior year, I visited my old reli-gion teacher. We talked at length about my life and whatwas to become of it. His only remark was, Say three HailMarys every day and Our Lady will do the rest.


    Above: Joshua Waltz meets the Holy Father after his graduationfrom high school.

    As I knelt in silence and tears, I heard in myheart, Do not be afraid...come and see!

  • Over the last year of college, I moved into a house with three ofmy best friends, and started dating a wonderful girl. It seemed asthough the three roses I gave to Mary each night were weaving abeautiful crown of the married life, but Our Blessed Lady hadsomething else in mind.

    I was ready to graduate, yet I had found no peace in my soul.With everything going right in my life, why was everything wrong?All of this unrest finally knocked me off my horse, bringing me tomy knees before Our Lord at St. Pauls Newman Center in Fargo. Irealized that I could run no longer from such a wonderful invita-tion. As I knelt in silence and tears, I heard in my heart, Do not beafraidcome and see!

    I thank Jesus as often as I can for such a wonderful calling. DoI miss the days of my past? Sometimes, but Jesus has given me somuch more as he promised he would (Lk 18:28-30). I continue tofollow our Blessed Mother, for she has gotten me this far, back tothe place where it all beganRome sweet home!!!

    Joshua WaltzClass of 2007

    Diocese of Bismarck

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    Clockwise from top: Joshua and his brother (also a seminarian) enjoy sweets withKenyan seminarians.

    Joshua (r) and his brother with villagers during their summer apostolic work in Kenya.

    Joshua (r) and his brother stand at the edge of the Sea of Galilee during a recent tripto the Holy Land.

    Joshua (l) chats with Fr. Gonzalez, professor of Christology at the Angelicum.

    Joshua (middle) at the Angelicum with friends and classmates Sr. Shenaz Bhatti, andSr. Zarina Hadyat, Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide Thouret from Pakistan.

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    Surrounded by hungry seminarians, Jay Mello (Fall River, 07), and Aaron Killips (Savannah, 07), grill up some chicken.

    Basta with the Pasta!American Seminarians Whip Up Comfort Food from Home

    t is not that the men of the North American College do not like or appreciate the wonderful Italian cuisine thatis prepared for them daily, for who would complain about the Spaghetti Carbonara or Amatriciana? But I thinkthere comes a point in every mans time at the College when he says, Basta with the pasta! Wheres the beef?

    This sentiment is usually followed by a group of men heading to the Hard Rock Caf, or for others, up to thefifth floor student kitchen. A few years ago the fifth floor roof on the convent wing of the college was renovated toprovide students with a fully operational kitchen where they can enjoy fellowship as well as the culinary talents offellow students.

    The kitchen is large enough for a class dinner, yet also provides a smaller setting for groups of only four or five.In the warmer months the adjacent rooftop allows for an American style cookout.The grill and charcoal are rolledout, the chicken marinated, the steaks seasoned and the sweet corn shucked, providing all with the sweet memoriesof their American homeland.

    The unique dynamic of the North American College is that, unlike most American seminaries, we have men fromall over the United States, Central America, Canada, and, starting this year, Australia as well. This cultural dynamicnot only allows for the sharing of ecclesial experiences but also different culinary trends. As a New Englander, I canprepare one heck of a clam chowder or lobster, but I cannot begin to compare my cooking to John McDonalds southern fried chicken, Zack Webers Cincinnati Skyline chili or Joe Shimeks Midwest mashed potatoes.


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    Clockwise from top: Edison Tayag (Rochester, 07), JesseZyskowski (Scranton, 07), and Joseph Shimek (Milwaukee,07) keep things in order as the cooking starts.

    John McDonald, (Birmingham, 07) stirs the pot after sea-soning up his red beans.

    Joseph Shimek performs a taste test to make sure everythingis fit to eat, while Josh Waltz (Bismarck, 07) gets a jumpstart on the cleanup.

    Finally, the entire Second Theology Class sits down to enjoy ameal together in fraternity and community.

    It is certainly a great joy to share the fruits of anothers culinary talents, but perhaps the greatest joy that comes from the fifth floor kitchen is the brotherhood that is created in working together. It is asthe Psalmist says, How good it is when brothers dwellin unity, it is like oil on the head, running down uponthe beard of Aaron, upon the collar of his robe (Ps 133). How pleasurable it must be in the eyes of ourLord, when he looks upon his sons taking a break fromtheir busy schedules of formation, academics andprayer to share a meal together and give thanks to Godfor all the many blessings in their life.

    While all are not given a talent in the area of cooking or baking, there is work for everyone at a classor hall dinner. Whether it be setting up tables or silverware, chopping onions or garlic, or even washingdishes, everyone plays a part in the fellowship we experience in the fifth floor kitchen.

    Jay Mello

    Diocese of Fall River

    Class of 2007

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    n December 8 the North American College, as wellas the entire Catholic world, celebrated the 150thanniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of

    the Immaculate Conception, in which Blessed Pope Pius IX,the founder of our College, declared infallibly that theBlessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her conception ... preserved immune from all stain of originalsin. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is thepatroness of this College, which officially opened on the fifthanniversary of Pius IXs declaration: December 8, 1859. Wehere at the College celebrated this grand anniversary with joy,through beautiful liturgies, prayer, and talks about ourBlessed Mother delivered by faculty.

    Fr. Peter Mitchell invites us to see this great event of1854, through the eyes of the fourth bishop of Philadelphia,Saint John Neumann, one of the founding American bishops of the North American College.

    Bishop Neumann was invited by Blessed Pius IX tocome to Rome in 1854 for the proclamation of theDogma of the Immaculate Conception. Upon receivingthis invitation, Neumann was greatly excited, not onlybecause he would be visiting the Vicar of Christ and thetombs of the Apostles, but also because his trip across theAtlantic would give him the opportunity of visiting hisfamily and homeland as well. His eighty-year-old fatherwas still living in Prachatitz, Bohemia (the present CzechRepublic). He had not been home since he had left tocome to America twenty years earlier.

    First arriving in Rome, he stayed at the house of hisfellow Redemptorists for two months. While in Rome,Bishop Neumann wore only his plain Redemptoristhabit. He frequently visited the four major basilicas aswell as the other shrines of Rome, blending into thecrowd of simple pilgrims. It was only at the four-day consistory in December that he wore his full episcopalregalia, attending the solemn definition of the

    Immaculate Conception in St. Peters Basilica with 53cardinals and numerous other bishops. On December 8,1854, he wrote to a friend, I thank God He allowed meto see this day in Rome.

    From Rome, Bishop Neumann made his way home to his beloved Prachatitz. Despite Neumannsobjections, the bishop of Budweis insisted that Neumannride home in his episcopal sleigh (it was January), and sothe towns famous son arrived home amidst fanfare andacclamation. He was joyfully reunited with family andfriends. The highlights of his visit were the daily Masseshe celebrated each day in the parish church where he wasbaptized. With thanksgiving to God, knowing he wouldnever return home again, Bishop Neumann receivedthese days with his family as a beautiful and unrepeatablegrace.

    Bishop Neumann returned to the United States onMarch 27, 1855. Wherever he travelled in Europe, hebegged people for their prayers for the mission inAmerica, and told them of the desperate need for priestsin the United States.

    May we follow Saint John Neumanns example bypraying for priests, invoking the aid of Our Lady of theImmaculate Conception, and visiting the tombs of theapostles here in Rome as often and as devoutly as we can.

    Rev. Peter Mitchell

    Diocese of Lincoln

    Casa Santa Maria

    St. John Neumann



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    T H E D E V E L O P M E N T O F F I C E

    He is like a man building a house...upon rock (Lk 6:48)

    Bringing a Bit of Rome to the Nations Capital

    The Third Annual Umilta Awards were held onSaturday, November 13th at the Pope John Paul IICultural Center in Washington, D.C. This years honorees were Rev. Msgr. Roger Roensch 58, Directorof the Bishops Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican,and H.E. Ambassador James Nicholson, United StatesAmbassador to the Holy See, and his wife, Suzanne.

    Supporters throughout the United States joinedArchbishop Edwin OBrien, Chairman of the Board ofGovernors, and Msgr. Kevin McCoy, Rector, and ouralumni priests. This event was on the eve of the annualmeeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sothat our alumni bishops could share in the festivities.

    Msgr. Roensch is fond of pointing out to the manypeople he has assisted in Rome at the Visitors Office thatCatholics should see a visit to the Holy See not astourists, but as pilgrims. He was ordained in 1958 and,after thirteen years of ministry, traveled back to Rome toassist the Colleges administration in promoting theColleges mission through financial development.Eleven years later, he was transferred to the Basilica ofthe National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in

    Washington, D.C., wherehe has helped countless pil-grims over the years.

    The College is proud tohonor this beloved alum-nus and avid supporter ofhis alma mater and knowsthat there is much workahead for him to do inRome.

    Ambassador Nicholson,a native of Iowa born

    during the Great Depression, is a graduate of West Point, serving eight years as an Army Ranger and paratrooper,22 years in the Army Reserve, as well as being awardedthe Bronze Star Medal and several other awards as aRanger in Vietnam.

    Suzanne, his wife, a talented artist, has always beenan important part of her husbands career. This career

    has included practicing law, founding NicholsonEnterprises, Inc. (a developer of master-planned residential communities), and serving as Chairman ofthe Republican National Committee.

    Since then he hasorganized an internationalconference to combathuman trafficking and has become a forcefuladvocate for human rightsand American humani-tarian concerns world-wide. In November 2002,he published The UnitedStates and the Holy See The Long Road, his firstbook. It is a history of thediplomatic relationship between the United States and theVatican from 1788 to the present. Suzanne has preparedher own book, which showcases the artwork in theEmbassy of the United States to the Holy See.

    Both Ambassador and Mrs. Nicholson have beengood friends of the College since their arrival in Rome,helping it to celebrate many special occasions. For thepast three years, Ambassador Nicholson has faithfullyjoined our seminarians and priests every morning for7:10 am Mass during Lent at the forty Station Churches.

    The College is grateful for the friendship ofAmbassador and Mrs. Nicholson. Msgr. McCoy hopesthat they think of the College as their second home. Heis proud to honor them with this award.

    Everyone enjoyed an incredible Italian feast and feltas though a bit of Rome was brought to the nations cap-ital for the night. Please let the Development Officeknow if you would like an invitation to join in nextyears U.S. celebration.

    Tricia LloydDirector of Development


    Rev. Msgr. McCoy with Ambassadorand Mrs. Nicholson

    Rev. Msgr. Roger Roensch and Rev.Msgr Kevin McCoy

  • ne of the priests I used to work with was fondof telling his staff and other priests, withregard to communicating with one another ina parish or the diocese, When you think you

    are communicating enough, you probably have to double your efforts. The Pontifical North AmericanCollege has these words in mind, too. Not only are westriving to communicate well with one another, but weare also constantly trying to share with others the goodnews about our College.

    This magazine itself has developed beautifully overthe years and is certainly now a first rate publication.There are many who are grateful to the students whocontribute articles regularly and who work so hard toready it for printing and mailing. We often receive notes

    and letters from readers who send along words of support along with their donations to cover the magazines expense. It is always encouraging to hear suchpositive feedback and, of course, to receive a financialcontribution, too! The readers and supporters of theCollege back in the United States seem particularly toenjoy the articles which detail the daily life of seminari-ans here in Rome.

    On another communications front, a few years ago,a couple of our students decided that the PontificalNorth American College should have a web site to call itsown. They started one on their own, along with whatsupport the College could give at the time. What a greatservice the web site is to the College, the students, andother people who want to share in our life in an interac-tive manner. Now the time has come to make it evenbetter. One of our second year men, Seamus Griesbachof the Diocese of Portland in Maine, has taken it upon

    himself to update theweb site with new, user-friendly features and animproved on-screenlook. He told me thathis goal was to try to give an accurate portrayal of theCollege online, so that what we are is conveyed online.This is not an easy task, but one that he is striving hardto attain. The faculty and staff of the College have evenbegun using the web-site for in-house tasks, as well.Beginning in November, the web site can be viewed

    Another updated area of communications is our telephone system. Our IT director told me that theColleges telephone system truly needed a new brainbut that we could keep the same external body. The newsystem, which was installed over the summer and intothe fall, provides digital equipment, as well as a lessexpensive provider for making telephone calls and amuch reduced expense for yearly maintenance. Within acouple of years, the new system will have paid for itself.Of course, a kind benefactor is also being sought out tohelp us along and to allow us to use those saved fundselsewhere! While the old system was an improvementover the previous one, the new one is even better andallows both our campuses to be linked together. It eliminates the necessity of an outside line to telephonebetween the Casa Santa Maria and the seminary.

    Communications is always a challenge, but here atthe Pontifical North American College we are striving touse modern communications technology to stay in touchand to further our mission in todays time and place!

    by Rev. Msgr. James Checchio 92, C97Diocese of Camden

    Vice Rector for Administration

    32 Pontifical North American College M A G A Z I N E

    Cleverly done! You too are an industrious and reliable servant (Mt 25:23)

    T H E E C O N O M O S C O R N E R


    ...we are constantly trying to share with others the

    good news about our College.

    Meeting the Challenge of Communication

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    ...Please Pray for Vocations!

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    Seminarians take a stroll along the Via Appia Antica, an ancient Roman road connecting Naples with the Eternal City.

    Save the date! The next North American College Alumni Reunion will be held June 2123, 2005 in Milwaukee,WI.