A Day in the Life of a Seminarian – St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

A Day in the Life of a Seminarian – St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary


What is it like to live within the walls of
a seminary? Let us follow a day in the life of a seminarian. At 6:00am the bell is rung which breaks the
great silence of the night. The seminarian begins the day with the morning prayers. After
washing up, he descends to the chapel – vesting with the surplice signifies “putting on
the new man” as says St. Paul. At 6:30am, Prime, part of the Divine Office
or prayer of the Church, is sung. After 25 minutes of meditation, the Angelus is led
by the Rector. Mass, the center of seminary life, follows:
a low Mass on weekdays, and a High Mass on Sundays and feast days. After a silent breakfast, the seminarians
have various duties before the first class at 9am. There are five class periods throughout
the day, three in the morning and two in the afternoon. The entrance year, nicknamed year
zero, allows the students to even out their general formation, including things as varied
as history and literature, Latin and music, discipline and humbling manual labor. The following year, when the seminarians receive
the cassock, was dear to Archbishop Lefebvre. It is the year of spirituality, a kind of
clerical novitiate, the purpose of which is to establish a solid spiritual life. The two next years are dedicated to philosophy,
according to the principles of St. Thomas Aquinas, whom St. Pius X called the antidote
to modernism. For the last three years, the cleric studies
moral theology, the science of the confessional, and dogmatic theology, to gain a deeper understanding
of the mysteries of our faith. The last morning classes over, Sext, another
part of the Divine Office, is recited in common. The seminarians then go to the refectory for
lunch. After grace, a short text from the New Testament is recited in Latin, followed
by a longer reading from a selected book. On weekdays, 20 minutes of the lunch period
is spent in silence. During recreation, a variety of games and
exercises are available: volleyball, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and in the winter,
ice hockey and tobogganing. Before the afternoon classes, there is time
for a brief visit to the Blessed Sacrament. This time is appropriately used by those in
major orders for the recitation of the breviary. Three times a week in the afternoon, the first
years are assigned manual labor. They can be asked to do any job that needs addressing. The afternoon is ideal for class study. Silence
is very necessary during study time, since the priests must be wise as well as holy.
Hence, the space assigned to the library is exceeded only by that of the chapel. 30,000
books provide access to 20 centuries of the Church treasures. Once a week, the seminarians go to their spiritual
director for confession and spiritual direction. At 6:30pm every day, a spiritual conference
is given, followed by a prayer time during which the seminarians pray for the Friends
and Benefactors of the Society. On Thursday and Sunday, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
takes the place of the Rosary. Evening meal and recreation follow suit. The seminary day ends as it began. Compline,
the night prayer of the Church is sung, closing appropriately the day with a Marian antiphon
before entering the great silence.

33 Replies to “A Day in the Life of a Seminarian – St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary”

  1. As Catholicism found refuge in Ireland during the supposed "dark ages" it has now found refuge further west during the "modernist" crisis. Circle is just turning again.

  2. Beautiful video of a most beautiful life. May God bless the seminarians, the seminary, and the SSPX.

  3. Respected father, 
    Iam p.chandra kanth from india of eluru diocese i was in seminary for four years and i quit from it beacuse of some resons and iam doing my graduation in B.A english literature(1st year) soon after completing 3 years of graduation i want to rejoin in seminary beacuse i firmly belive that i have a vocation to priesthood i prefer to be a missionary rather working in my home country and iam very happy to work in country like usa where religion is not given more importance because there would be a chance for me to save the souls so, i kindly urge you to give me the oppurtunity to be a missionary in america

    Your's faithfully, 
    Chandra kanth ponugumati
    (8340874619 my contact)

  4. It is very interesting how much the structure of their day resembles that of the older religious orders.

  5. 1 Seminarian playing in his habit, Yahoo! Away with modernism and back to Orthodoxy, Order and The Omnipotent. Nice vid and thanks and pray these young men walk in the way of great Saints like St. Don Bosco.

  6. Whenever I am at The Basilica in My City, I kneel, pray, cross myself and light candles for the Family Members who are no longer with me. Upon leaving I feel so good about everything.

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