by KC Allen
On Sunday October, 27, 2013, Lourdes graduates, Joseph Allen and Brian Wirth received their cassocks along with a few other seminarians. They received their Roman collars, Roman cassock, and a surplice at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska. The garments they received indicated that they are studying for the priesthood. The black is for humility, signifying dying to themselves and living for God.
Before they came into the Chapel, they did a mini ceremony with a special prayer that is to be said when putting on the cassock. Then they came into the chapel to participate in mass. Following mass there was an open house with refreshments. At around 4:30, the families were then asked to join the seminarians in Evening Vespers. During Evening Vespers, Jack, the seminarian’s dog, ran into the chapel and tried to make it to his best friend, Fr. Eickoff. Before he could, two seminarians jumped in and carried him away. Afterwards the families could take their seminarian/son out for a quick supper, then it was time to say farewell to the new seminarians.
This was an exciting day for all of the seminarians and their families. It was especially exciting for me, because Joe is my brother.
Congratulations, Joe and Brian.
By KC Allen