Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Time Lapse of Fraternity: Fall Social Events at Mount Angel Seminary

a photo essay by Randy Hoang

Community Day

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! - Psalm 133:1

Community Day is the first event of the seminary school year where both collegians and theologians, old and new, gather to build fraternity though recreational games.

Seminarians Peter Murphy, Greg Snyder, Felipe Villalobos, and Isaac Allwin prepare to race down the hill at the annual Community Day.

Seminarian Michael Kelley leads his teammates of College II and Theology Ii in a competition.

Cody Ross takes charge in holding up the tower as his teammates including Theology III and College III watch.

The seminary community engages in the last activity of the day, a water balloons toss.

College Beach Weekend

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but his disciples did not realize it was Jesus. - John 21:4

The seminary is a place of discernment.  In that spirit, at the beginning of the each year the college heads to the Oregon coast for fraternity.

Ace Tui and Isidore Slade grill shrimp and pork as preparation for the Vietnamese pork and shrimp Vermicelli dinner served on the first night of the annual college beach weekend held at Camp Meriwether on the Oregon Coast.

Friday night after dinner, students enjoy the sunset together.

After the sunset, Marco Serna and Huong Dinh play of game of Jenga.

Saturday night, collegians gathered for a bonfire and s'mores.

All Saints Social

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. - 1st Thessalonians 4:3

The seminary community gathers each year on the occasion of the Solemnity of All Saints to celebrate with food, drink and games.  All this is to celebrate the saints and together promote the universal call to holiness through examples of dressing up as saints.

Conor Baer, Timothy Ferguson, and John Hesla enjoy drinks and food at the beginning of the All Saints Social.

Tyler Johnson, dressed as Saint John Paul II, describes his costume to the audience of seminarians and formators.

Tyler Johnson, Deacon Edgar Sanchez, Dario Rinaldi, Joshua Keatley, and Peter Murphy were among the seven contestants in the saints costume competition.

Karaoke Night

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! - Psalm 95:1-2

As the semester comes to a close, the seminary joined together for a night of snacks, drinks, and laughter and song at the Karaoke Night held at the Press.

Arjie Garcia starts the night with Johnny Cash's "Redemption Song."

Dario Rinaldi moves the crowd as he sings Aerosmith's song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

Oscar Anaya, Ivan Arevalo, and Carlos Orozco together sing "Tu Carcel" by Marc Anthony.

While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.
- Albus Dumbledore

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