Hermes Diaz Vargas and the others to be ordained as deacons on Sunday are completing their studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange. The seminary has been a home for these men as well as a place where they have received personal, academic, spiritual and ministerial formation. This training period readies the seminarian for a life of priestly service to Christ and to His Church.
A seminarian's everyday life is invigorating, academically challenging and spiritually enriching. A normal day includes spiritual exercises (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours), academic studies (Scripture, theology, philosophy, Church history, pastoral theory, etc.), spiritual direction (to help one grow in prayer), pastoral fieldwork (hands-on experience in parishes and other ministries), and various communal activities. A busy schedule, but not one devoid of free time.
When not in class and during the weekends, seminarians use their free time to study, serve at their field education sites, assist at parishes, run errands, exercise, volunteer, or pray. They also participate in organizations such as the Respect Life and the Peace and Justice committees and take part in seminary activities, such as choir, and intramural sports.
We thank Hermes for his generosity and dedication to answering God's call. As he continues on his journey, we pray that he will grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord and God’s people whom he is called to serve.
If you want to learn more about priestly formation and to watch a video where some seminarian talk about their discerning a call to priesthood click here. And, of course, don’t hesitate to talk to Msgr. Tim, Fr. Robert, Fr. Wilson and our new Deacon Hermes. Or contact the Archdiocesan Vocations Office at 973-497-4000.