Life in the Seminary
By: David Stephan
I joined the Chaldean Catholic Seminary of
Mar Abba the Great about a month ago. I moved here from Sacramento
and it has been a great experience. I thought that it would be hard
moving from so far away from home, but I have been welcomed by the
guys very much. I was very close to joining the Jesuit Seminary
because I went to a Jesuit high school and have been very involved
with them for some time. I thank God every day that I talked to
Bishop Sarhad and Fr. Andrew, and that I joined the Chaldean
I could not ask for anything better. I am so happy that I made the
decision to move here and to pursue my calling to the priesthood. I
have been thinking about the priesthood since the eighth grade. From
that time, I always have known that I would join a seminary.
The first month has been great, and I am looking forward to the rest
of my time here. Our schedule consists of waking up at 8:30 am and
saying Morning Prayer, which is followed by mass. We also do Evening
Prayer and Night Prayer, daily, as a community along with an hour of
adoration every Thursday. We also take our time to pray in the
chapel before the Eucharist daily, because we need our strength to
continue with our discernment, and the Eucharist is our main source
of strength. We have Aramaic Language class with Fr. Andrew two days
a week, along with Theology with Mar Bawai once a week. We are also
starting a new program with John Paul the Great Catholic University.
All the first year seminarians will be taking classes there,
concurrently with the two classes at the seminary.
I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but we are ready for the
challenge. I know we will help each other with everything, and we
will work together in pursuing our mission to become priests. They
have become my brothers, and we have a strong bond now that will
help us discern our calling from God.