Summer at the Seminary
As the structure and schedule of an academic year comes to a close, after the diplomas are handed out and new men are ordained to the priesthood, at first glance it may appear that life at the Seminary slows as the days grow longer and warmer. In contrast to that however, are opportunities to engage in a variety of events and offerings designed specifically for a season set apart from the rigors of the academic calendar.
You will find that our summer courses are offered in a condensed timeframe to accommodate a variety of schedules. Events that include public lectures, opportunities for prayer and reflection, and social engagements are sprinkled throughout the summer. The Seminary also serves as host to a variety of groups and conferences. These include the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies and Saint Paul’s Outreach School of New Evangelization.
The Quinn conference brings renowned scholars to The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas to teach, mentor faculty, give public lectures, and produce scholarly works for the broader academic and Church communities. This being the fourth conference since the Institue was established, the title of the conference is, "The Joy of the Gospel, the New Evangelization, and the Role of the Seminary Professor of Sacred Scripture."
The School of New Evangelization is a summer training program of Saint Paul's Outreach where college missionaries from around the country learn how to evangelize their faith on campus. There is always a great deal of energy as we welcome and witness young adults striving to grow in their personal faith for the greater purpose of sharing it with others.
Before we realize, the steamy August afternoons will give way to crisper evenings that signal the impending change of seasons. Please keep in mind that New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 26th and we open another academic year on September 8th. To keep current with these and other events, visit our website often, read your Divinity Digest, and feel free to stay in touch with me…I’m here all summer!Amy Burback, Admissions Counselorgradtheology@stthomas.edu