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The Good Word

1st Friday Monthly 9:30-10 a.m.
Relevant Radio 950-AM

The Good Word is produced by St. Joseph College Seminary.

Joe Hinderer Matt Pajor

About St. Joseph College Seminary:
St. Joseph College Seminary is the undergraduate seminary program of the Archdiocese of Chicago affiliated with Loyola University and located on its Lakeshore Campus. Working together, our faculty, staff, and college seminarians create a vibrant community centered in the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. Through programs of spiritual formation, apostolic work, and academic study, the college seminarians have an opportunity to develop into well-educated, well-balanced Catholic men as they discern their call to serve the Church and society one day as Catholic priests.

The college seminarians earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in conjunction with requirements of the Program of Priestly Formation. They also earn a special minor degree in Communication for the New Evanglization.

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What’s So Scary About Seminary

Why are more young men shying away from seminary than in the past? What is it about seminary that seems to be scaring men away? A lot of misconceptions about seminary and the priesthood. We are joined by Fr. Brett Brannen, author of Who Will Fill These Shoes, a book about discerning diocesan priesthood, to talk about some of these misconceptions and how we can help the young men in our families and parishes answer God’s call with courage and fearlessness.
Friday, June 02, 2017 | Stream | Download

Behold Your Mother; the Seminarian-Mother Relationship

As we celebrate Mother’s Day on The Good Word, we have an in-depth conversation about the role mothers have played in the discernment of the priesthood. We welcome Michael Lawinger ’17 to the show to hear him talk about his relationship with his mother, Anne Lawinger, who also joins us on the show to share her thoughts on having a son in seminary. We love our mothers at St. Joseph College Seminary, and we definitely our mother Mary as well! Listen to this wonderful show!
Friday, May 12, 2017 | Stream | Download

Priest as Mentor

A parish priest, a man who himself has gone through seminary, can have an immense impact on a young man’s discernment of the priesthood, especially when that priest is a young man’s pastor. Chicago seminarian Micah Ventura ’19 joins Matt and guest host and producer Adam Gonzalez on the show along with his pastor, Fr. Rich Simon, to talk about how they have built a relationship through the years that helped make decide to come to seminary. Listen, also, to hear more about the wonderful vocations event, Who Will Fill These Shoes, happening at St. Joseph College Seminary on Saturday, April 29th. It’s sure to be an exciting show!
Friday, April 07, 2017 | Stream | Download

Spirituality in the Seminary

While seminarians are quite busy studying, doing acts of service, and building a meaningful community, our day is structured around growing closer to Christ through everything we do, but especially through prayer. Hear from Rickie Jacob ’18 about the blessing spiritual formation at St. Joe’s has been, and Fr. Bob Flack, Director of Spiritual Life, about how he helps the seminarians to always keep Christ as their center. This is definitely an enriching show!
Friday, March 03, 2017 | Stream | Download

All in the Family; A Look at Community Life in College Seminary

Why is it so important for seminarians to live in community? What is it like living with other men discerning the priesthood? These and many other questions about the community life at St. Joseph College Seminary will be answered in this show! Our hosts are joined by Wally Ferrara ’17 and Joshua Abraham ’20, two of our Peer Ministers, to hear about their experience in the community and the special role they play in helping bring the seminarians together.
Friday, February 03, 2017 | Stream | Download

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