Rector's letters

Southern Sentinel 133

April 21, 2018
The April, 2018, issue of the Southern Sentinel includes a photograph of the 2018 Holy Cross community and the Seminary's new and improved driveway, as well as a report on the January priests' retreat and the taking of the cassock by six seminarians on Low Sunday.

Southern Sentinel 132

January 13, 2018
This December, 2017, issue of the Southern Sentinel includes photos from the ordination to the diaconate, the priests' meeting held at Holy Cross Seminary, and the ceremony for the conclusion of the Vocations' Crusade on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In his rector's letter, Fr Themann speaks of the graces of Christmas, the graces of the diaconate ordination, and the very ungraceful drive down the Seminary's rut-filled driveway.

Month of the Poor Souls

November 25, 2017
People often remark that life is a pilgrimage. During this month of the poor souls, this comparison seems particularly appropriate.

Immaculate Heart of Mary

September 02, 2017
During this month of August, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This year’s feast is especially significant in the context of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima where she revealed herself under this beautiful title.

Priestly Ordinations 2016

December 29, 2016
The happy occasion of the ordination of three new priests on 15 December was a great grace for the many faithful who made the journey to the Seminary for this beautiful ceremony. 

Assurance in Suffering

October 17, 2016
“To suffer generously, I once believed, was to suffer with a courage that never winces. I thought it meant to go to meet suffering, to hold out my arms to it. Now I understand that we can suffer just as generously, yet suffer with sorrow, fear, worry, repugnance, that we can suffer miserably… 

Short Steps to Sanctity

May 03, 2016
As we approach the close of the Paschal season, we see stretched out before our eyes a long expanse of liturgical time which is not, one might say, as dramatic as the time through which we have just passed.

God's Pledge Renewal

December 26, 2015
The Seminary is currently enjoying a few days of quiet after the exciting days of the priestly ordinations and first Masses and the beautiful feast of Christmas but before the commencement of three weeks of retreats – for men, for women, and for the priests of the Australian District. These retreats will continue the flow of graces which has been so abundant over the past two weeks.

Purgatory Avoidable

November 02, 2015
Please excuse this delay in the publication of the Southern Sentinel. Although I was blessed to spend three weeks with Fr. Griego learning my new duties before he left us for his new apostolate in Ireland, some time will be required before I perform them as efficiently as he did.