by Phillip J. Shifflet
On Friday, Jan. 22 the seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary celebrated a day dedicated to the promotion of life, justice, and peace.
A bus filled with forty seminarians left early Friday morning on a pilgrimage to San Francisco to take part in the west coast’s annual Walk for Life.
Those seminarians who remained on the hilltop over the weekend attended a conference on Friday morning given by Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB. Sr. Dorothy Jean is a former Prioress at Queen of Angels Monastery, a spiritual director, and the Coordinator of the Pastoral Care Ministry at St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, Ore.
Her conference was entitled, “The Season of Mercy and the Benedictine Charism,” and she told the seminarians assembled during her opening remarks, “No matter where you are, you are ministering.” Reflecting on the papal bull Misericordiae Vultus, Sr. Dorothy Jean said, “If you’re a person filled with the mercy of God, your face is going to show that love and compassion.”
On Friday afternoon, seminarians volunteered their time to participate in a variety of community service opportunities in the town of Mount Angel.