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'Later that day, I went to the Betania II Marian Center in Medway to join the retreat for men who are potential candidates for St. John's Seminary in Brighton.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org

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The following day (2/10) we began our weekend retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood. There were two tracks, as it were, one for younger men who would be candidates for St. John's Seminary and another for older men who would be candidates for Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

Friday morning (2/10), I joined the opening of the Pope St. John retreat, which was held at the seminary itself, by celebrating Mass at the seminary's chapel for the retreatants and the seminary community.

Because it was a Friday, the Mass was celebrated in Spanish. Since the last several times I have visited the seminary have always happened to be on a Friday, I joked with them that I only celebrate Mass in Spanish at Pope St. John XXIII! But, in all seriousness, I'm very pleased that they have this practice, because it's important for our future priests to be exposed to different languages in the liturgy.

After the Mass, I gave a talk followed by a question and answer period with the men who were there on the discernment retreat. We were actually quite lucky because, despite all the snow the day before, Friday was a clear day, so it was a sort of window of opportunity for people to make it to the retreat. Fortunately, we had a very good turnout.

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