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Thursday, April 13, 2006

A May-December romance?...of sorts.

St. Francis Seminary...Episode IV, A Lost Opportunity

That was the thems of my last column. Therein I indicated that a few observations about the pending cooperative relationship between St. Francis Seminary and Sacred Heart School of Theology would be forthcoming. Well, here are some preliminaries...

First, how exactly does Sacred Heart justify its enthusiasm about this? According to page one of their website, they specialize in being a "National Roman Catholic Seminary serving second-career vocations." Yeah, it is real true to mission to throw a couple dozen twenty-somethings into the mix of about a hundred or so fifty-somethings. Maybe it can work...but, like the new young bucks that show up in your office, there are inevitably fireworks. Stay tuned.

Second, if his Excellency is actually trying to solidify the academic formation that his seminarians get, is Sacred Heart really going to offer anything better?
- Look at the Sacred Heart Faculty page...what is the deal with the three priests in rather bad looking ties?
- How much strength of character, or solid faith, will the young men get from a professor who proudly proclaims his visits to NYC gay nightclubs? I can't wait for the Village People review as part of the next fundraiser.
- If academics is just one of four areas of focus (along with spiritual, pastoral, and human formation...whatever that last one really means) then what is accomplished by leaving 75% of the focus to the same dysfunctional people who led to the problems we already have.

Third issue, what public evaluation, or assurances do we have the Sacred Heart has overcome it's own sex scandal history? Or the fact that, at least once, it was a darling of the Call to Action crowd?

All in all, I have to be honest and say that jury will be out for awhile in this one. Sacred Heart has been such a non-entity for the last few years that I should probably give it the benefit of the doubt.

So, from here on out, if you want to see a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee...look at the other cars as you drive the east-west portion of the I-894 bypass.

We'll watch for more...

Mike

2 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

This is temporary.

The important part of the original article was the dumping of the existing faculty...

(which MAY or MAY NOT get a job at Sacred Heart...)

Presto!! It will open again in a few years.

Friday, April 14, 2006 1:45:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

"So, from here on out, if you want to see a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee...look at the other cars as you drive the east-west portion of the I-894 bypass."

With so many rectories closed, isn't commuting part of seminary training?

Saturday, April 15, 2006 10:48:00 AM  

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