Thankful For 40 Years In Priesthood - Catholic Courier
Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

Thankful For 40 Years In Priesthood

On December 19 when most of our readers receive the Catholic Courier, I’ll be at St. John the Baptist Parish in Hillsdale, N.J. Msgr. Philip Morris, pastor of St. John’s, is hosting our seminary class as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our ordination to priesthood.

 

As the day draws closer, I become more excited about being with my classmates again. Some of them I have not seen since we left the North American College in Rome in 1963 to return to the United States for our first priestly assignments. I am not sure how many will be attending the reunion. My guess is that there will be between 40 and 50 people there. Some will be the spouses of some of our number who over the years left active priestly ministry for other careers and for marriage.

 

The North American College in Rome is owned and operated by the bishops of the United States. The college was established in the mid-19th century at the request of Pope Pius IX, whose desire it was that some students from our nation study for priesthood in the Eternal City. Also in Rome are many other such national colleges or seminaries – the English, Scots and German colleges, for example. These institutions are places of residence and formation. Students from all of them receive their theological education at the Roman universities. In our time, all students from the North American College matriculated at the Gregorian University, an institution conducted by the Jesuit Fathers.

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