By Charles Putbrese
My first semester at seminary has been a wonderful joyful experience! I have grown closer to God, brother seminarians and as a better person in general. Every day since entering the seminary has been one of the best days of my life. And every day I am surprised because I honestly do not believe that this day can be better than the last, but then it always is. I love being a part of the fantastic community at St. Pius X Seminary as well as the community at Loras College.
The thing that has surprised me the most, is just how strong our brotherhood is. I see it every day, whether it is your turn to make dinner to helping someone out with a class to even breviary holding competition. I know that if I need help with something, anyone here would drop what they are doing to help me. St. Pius X Seminary is more than just a seminary, it is a family. This family is always here for each other, during the good times and in the bad. Sure, just like any other family, we can get on each other's nerves, but we get over it because at the end of the day we all have each other’s back.
What I like the most about being in the seminary is having the opportunity to meet the Church. I love going out to parishes and just meeting the people. Having a conversation where you could talk about anything, from the person's life story to the only day that you can find a four leaf clover is on St. Patrick's Day. I feel very blessed for being able to go to Loras College and St. Pius X Seminary, for giving me these chances during my first semester of college.
If anyone is reading this and has any thoughts about entering the seminary, do it! Take the next step. It is not always easy but talk to your parish priest or to Vocation Director Father Joe Pins. Because deciding to enter the seminary has been one of the best decisions of my life. In the seminary you will become a part of one of the strongest brotherhoods ever. You will make memories that you will likely never forget. But most importantly, you are able to grow closer to God.