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Joign us in prayers for our Seminary

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Dear beloved friends,

 

In recent weeks there have been rumors about our seminary, which are well-founded.  As we have been presented with some seemingly insurmountable difficulties, I am asking that you join us in begging God to help us in this urgent situation.

 

 

 

Saint Vincent de Paul Seminary in Courtalain (close to Chartres), under the direction of Rev. Fr. Roch Perrel, is at full capacity – even over capacity.  At this time in the seminary we have 33 seminarians and 5 priests, but the seminary only contains 28 rooms in 2 houses. The current house, which was certainly acquired providentially, makes the life of the seminary very complicated, but the pioneers will keep the merits and good memories…

 

In 2006, during the urgent situation of the creation of our Institute, and with the help of Fr. Aulagnier, we found this house. With the growing number of seminarians last year, the problem of lack of room came.

7th March for life in Paris on sunday january 23rd

 « Morally responsible openness to life represents a rich social and economic resource. » Caritas in Veritate n°44. This is by this quotation of the Holy Father, pope Benedict XVI, that the Institute of the Good Shepherd renew his support to the “7th Marche for life” who will take place in Paris on Sunday 23rd. This support must follow the Prayer vigil for All Nascent Human Life, largely followed last november 27th, by the entire Church kneeling with the Holy Father. 

Taking the Cassock and tonsure at Saint Vincent de Paul Seminary on february 2nd, 2011

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 Dear Friends and benefactorsThe Institute of the Good Shepherd is pleased to announce you the taking of the cassockon wednesday 2nd february 2011on the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reverend Father Philippe LaguérieSuperior General of the Institute of the Good Shepherdwill be confering the cassock and the tonsureto our first year seminarian. The ceremony will be held in the parish church of Courtalain at 9.30 amfollowing by a diner at the seminary. sign up mandatory.  Réservations et renseignements : 02.37.98.82.58

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“I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” John 10:14

The Lord Jesus assures us: “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” This divine communion with Our Lord is founded on our faith and on the Sacraments, and is lived in reciprocity of knowledge and in charity; in short, in true friendship: “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” The members of the Institute of the Good Shepherd strive to live this communion, this knowledge, and this charity in our daily lives. But because Christ proclaims the Good News to all people, whether they belong to the Catholic faithful or not, as the Father sent His Son to all, it is right that this reciprocal knowledge of Shepherd and the sheep should pass through these friends, these ministers, whom the Lord has chosen. This is why St. Paul says, “we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us,” and our burning desire will be to always give to everyone the hope founded on the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus.



The Institute of Good Shepherd will always have this paramount mission: “To spread among the nations the goodness of Jesus Christ.” But because these are difficult times in which the charity of a great many has grown cold and because “the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine,” the Lord’s ministers, by preaching the word, need to “proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage.”



We do this “through all patience and teaching.” We seek to advance in all pastoral kindness, with zeal and sensitivity, the teachings of the Magisterium and the beauty of faith in Him Who alone can give eternal life. We rely on the Lord, our Master, and in Divine Providence which has carried our young Institute thus far, to keep us serene and fruitful in this mission, for the honor of the Most Holy Trinity.



Father Philippe Laguérie +

Superior General.

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