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All "Fore" the Seminarians

by MOSAIC Editorial Team

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Desert Classic golfers and sponsors fund 30-day spiritual pilgrimage

It was a little cloudy, a little chilly but, thankfully, the dreaded rain held off. But really, the weather doesn't matter much to participants of the Desert Classic golf outing. Golfers always show up with eagerness to support the seminarian—in rain gear and galoshes if need beand show up they did on Monday, September 15, at The Inn at St. John's golf course in Plymouth, Michigan.

For the annual event, now in its thirty-second year, a near-record 150 golfers in thirty-three teams, shanked, sliced, and divot-ed their way through eighteen holes, all to help fund the Desert Formation Experience, a program unique to Sacred Heart among U.S. seminaries.

The Desert Formation Experience is the thirty-day spiritual pilgrimage first-year graduate seminarians make each year, traditionally to the Holy Land. During this time of grace, the men witness firsthand the places Jesus walked while seeking his guidance in their own walk toward the priesthood. (Follow the seminarian's 2014 pilgrimage in images and prose at their blog shmsdesert.blogspot.com).

Desert Classic participants enjoy more than just golfing. A continental breakfast bar opens an hour before tee-time, in case anyone missed breakfast at home or might like a mid-morning snack. A cocktail hour and dinner, served by the seminarians in the Atrium, await the hungry and thirsty golfers after the eighteenth hole. The evening includes a fishbowl raffle and prizes awarded to the lucky winners of the Closest-to-the-Pin and Accuracy Shot contests. Another value-added benefit to the dinner: it is the perfect venue for bragging about your golf game to your friends.

Would you like to form a team and be a part of the Desert Classic in support of Sacred Heart's seminarians? (We are especially looking for new teams of women golfers to show up the men.) Would you consider being a sponsor of the Desert Classic and be recognized prominently as a champion of the seminarians?

Just contact Emily Berschback, event manager, at 313-883-8782 or Berschback.Emily.aod.org for more information.

MOSAIC Editorial Team

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.