Sunday, November 23, 2014

MAS Students and Faculty Share Seminary Developments at Press Conference

story by Frank Villanueva
photos by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

On Nov. 3 the journalism students held their final press conference of the semester.  This press conference hosted both seminarians and faculty members.  Fr. Terry Tompkins, formation director and vice-rector of the college, and Stephen Kenyon, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, spoke about the Pro-life movement. John Hesla, also a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, spoke about the group Voces Fidei, and Dr. Elizabeth Farley spoke about her class on Mary in the Liturgy.

Fr. Tompkins started the conference by telling a story of his first experiences being a priest in the pro-life movement back when he was working in a parish.  His participation in the movement led Planned Parenthood to dub him “enemy number one” in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His passion and love for life has landed him in jail on more than one occasion. “I would gladly do it again if it meant that I could change just one life,” Fr. Tompkins said.

Stephen Kenyon and Fr. Terry Tompkins speaking
about the pro-life movement.

John Hesla has been in the group Voces Fidei for two years and spoke about their recent performance at the annual Portland Benefit Dinner held at the Portland Convention Center.  “Being in an a capella group means that you sing without instruments” Hesla said.  The group, which consists of John Hesla, Frank Villanueva, Stephen Cieslak, Greg Snyder, and Philip Shifflet, performed two numbers at the benefit dinner, "Anima Christi," which is a Latin motet and "How Great Thou Art."  Hesla said, “There is a lot of work that is put into an a capella piece that has more than one voice."

John Hesla explains about Voces Fidel as the other speakers
listen to his presentation.

Dr. Elizabeth Farley explains about her new course.

When speaking about her class, Mary in the Liturgy, Dr. Elizabeth Farley said, “it is a blessing to be here [in the seminary] to teach about Mary.”  The class helps the students to study various aspects of Mary in the Liturgy, but Dr. Farley likes to focus on the components in the lectionary.  In doing so, Dr. Farley’s hope is that her students will develop the skills needed to be prepared when they are in their parishes doing priestly ministry.

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