On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the seminarians of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West hosted their 33rd annual golf outing. Seminarians Michael Bruno Selvaraj (Theology III, Archdiocese of Detroit), Ryan Walters (Theology III, Archdiocese of Detroit), Christian Salata (Theology I, Diocese of Lansing), and Ian Lukas (Pre-Theology I, Diocese of Gary, IN) represented Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Sacred Heart finished the tournament in third place behind the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH) and Mundelein Seminary (Chicago, IL). Golfers from the visiting seminaries began arriving on Friday evening and joined together for a social that included yard games, Cincinnati-style chili, and pizza from the seminary’s brick pizza oven. The Rector Very Rev. Anthony R. Brausch celebrated Mass in the morning the next day at the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great and blessed the golfers.
One of the characteristics of the brotherhood we share as seminarians is to enjoy our common life in and out of seminary. As a seminarian, I have been blessed with so many wonderful brothers who share so many of their gifts and talents with our community from baking talents to athleticism. Living in isolation within the seminary during the COVID pandemic brought us together as brothers. We enjoyed the camaraderie and fraternity innovatively by picking up some hobbies. For me, it was an invitation to brush up a bit on my golf game, and now it has become a sport I really enjoy. It makes it all the more fun because I can grow in fraternity with some healthy competition on the course. I think this is where much of our deep and lasting friendships are formed. This experience often leads us to a deeper appreciation of community life, and encourages us to find it in our future rectory and parish when we are ordained one day.
As seminarians, we are devoting an intense period of our lives seeking an intimate relationship with Christ in preparation for serving the mission of the church. Hence, our time in seminary is a place in our lives to hear our vocational call and follow Christ with the utmost fidelity. It is with an undivided heart that one unites himself to his most Sacred Heart. We are very grateful to the formation team, our sponsoring bishops, our donors, and all the people who have supported us through many acts of generosity. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to take part in events that foster fraternity with future brother priests so that we all may grow closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.