Athleticism and the life of faith have always been integrated in the lives of Christian disciples. Think about classic verses of encouragement from the New Testament. In many of St. Paul’s letters to the early church, he uses athletic metaphors to help new Christians understand the task of faithful life that lies before them:
When you ask what makes St. Lawrence Seminary special, you are likely to get a range of answers, depending on who you’ve asked. But nearly every answer will lead you back to SLS’s Mission and Values. These core beliefs are at the heart of every rationale, decision, and aspect of our program. Over the course of two, three, or four years, boys who are daring enough to embrace our program grow into impressive young men of faith. We ask a lot of our students, but we work to instill in them the tools they need to live these core values of St. Lawrence Seminary.
1. Faith-based classrooms provide a safe space for open discussion of religion that public or non-faith-based schools do not.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School takes pride in the open discussion of religion in both the classroom setting and in Spiritual Direction meetings. Spiritual Direction is a place and a time to talk about a relationship with God and what that means. A Spiritual Director might ask about the student’s classes and activities, how he is taking care of himself, how he is getting along with his classmates, or how God is present in his life. The spiritual director will encourage the student to reflect upon all the experiences of his life and bring these to the meetings.
The whole process is a sacred sharing in the student’s life. Spiritual Directors will share their own thoughts, reflections, personal experiences and recommendations when appropriate to do so. Directors will challenge the students, when necessary, to take responsibility for each of their own questions, ideas and responses.
There is a significant maturing process during the course of the time the student is here. The first year sharing is quite general. In the junior and senior years, the meetings tend to be more in depth and a lot more questions about God are explored. Many more questions arise about religious life and the priesthood. The Director will support the student in times of discernment in whatever way is possible.
On Saturday, November 18, Catholics from across the country and the world traveled to Detroit, MI, to witness the beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar with ties to Wisconsin. Those pilgrims included the entire student body and many staff members from St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary.
Topics: Faith & Formation
On April 30th, Fr. Tien Dinh and Fr. Tom Nguyen returned to Saint Lawrence Seminary High School chapel in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, to be ordained to the priesthood before the community of students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and Capuchin Friars. This milestone for these two “Sons of Calvary” was especially meaningful as it occurred in the very place where their spiritual journeys began.
Fr. Tien Dinh was born in Vietnam, but raised in Marrero near New Orleans, Louisiana. The second youngest in a family of four brothers and four sisters, he first arrived on campus as a freshman at the age of 14. “My decision to attend St. Lawrence Seminary was a life-changing experience. It was at St. Lawrence, where I met all the people that helped shape me into the person I am today. Everyone played a major role in my growth not only as a person, but also as a Catholic.”
Topics: Faith & Formation
On November 18th, a caravan of busses will bring the students of St. Lawrence Seminary to Detroit, Michigan. At Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, they will join an expected 60,000 people at the stadium, but they won’t be cheering for a football game.
Since being ordained, I can say without any doubt that celebrating the baptism of a child is my favorite sacrament.
It is also the only sacrament that begins with a question. Parents are asked the name of their child and what they ask for their child. The answer to the first question obviously varies from child to child. The answer to the second question should always be the same:“baptism”.
One of the ways that St. Lawrence Seminary High School knows that it is effective in developing its students is through the success of our alumni.
From being well prepared for their freshman college courses, to their successful entrance into the world of their careers, to their continued involvement in the church, it is clear that SLS alumni are inspired and motivated by their time on the Hill.
This isn’t accidental. It is intentionally cultivated through the school’s programs and offerings.
Summer is the best opportunity for students to relax and enjoy time off from school. This highly anticipated time of year is the perfect excuse for teenagers to do whatever they like, which can often lead to a lot of unproductive days.
There are many fun and beneficial activities for students to involve themselves in over the summer that can help them develop useful skills while also enjoying their break.
Below are seven summer activity ideas that your teenager can utilize to inspire learning during the summer months!
While each student’s story of how he came to St. Lawrence Seminary High School and why he chose to stay is unique, so is each and every teacher’s story.
Very few people probably expect their first job out of college to be their last. They likely look at it as a stepping stone to the next best thing. But for a lucky few, their first job can be not only a launching zone but a landing pad. I was one of those lucky few. I was hired at St. Lawrence straight out of college. Mine was only one among a sea of applications, but it was my first interview and my first job offer. And besides knowing I wanted any job, I also knew I wanted this job.
Working at SLS was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss, not only because I had just walked into a real-life Hogwarts (yes, that’s a nerdy reference, but trust me, if you see our Hill, you’ll understand my first impression), but also because I had been impressed like so many of our prospective students — by the college prep curriculum and the unique atmosphere.
But while I took the job for several reasons, I stayed for so many more.
Topics: Faith & Formation