This summer we will be hosting a seminarian in the rectory, not on a pastoral year but simply in residence as he works his seminarian summer assignment. His name is Seth Arnold, and he will be going into his second year of theological studies at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. He comes from the Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard, and looks forward to learning the ways of the east side of town! We will mostly be seeing him on the weekends, as he helps the altar servers and keeps Fr. Jirak, Fr. Chris and Fr. Matt in line. During the week he will be downtown: “While I am living at the Magdalen, I will be working at the Lord's Diner for my diocesan assignment. I am thrilled to be working at the Diner, where I will learn how to bring Christ to the poor and marginalized through corporal works of mercy. Although I expect there will be many challenging moments this summer at the Diner, I look forward to serving my brothers and sisters in Christ.

He might have some free time in between The Lord’s Diner and helping out at Magdalen, and he shared a few hobbies he hopes to take part in: “I am an avid outdoors-man and love to hunt, fish, hike (especially in the mountains), and run. I love all sports, but I have a special affinity for cross country and track & field (which I participated in during middle school and high school) as well as soccer. I love to cook as well when I get the chance, my specialty being breakfast foods. I love to read and my favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton. The Lord of the Rings is probably my favorite book of all time, followed closely by A Tale of Two Cities, The Count of Monte Cristo, and To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite way to pray is through the Scriptures before the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. My favorite Marvel movie is Spider-man: Homecoming, which is objectively the best Spider-Man movie to be produced. Ever. Tom Holland perfectly captures the awkward teenager that just wants to be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man while learning the ropes of life.”

Seth is excited to be with us this summer, especially “to grow in [his] pastoral abilities …[and] understanding of the priesthood by living with Frs. Jirak, Martin, and Davied.” He says, “I believe that living at the Magdalen will teach me what it means to have the heart of a priest and what that looks like in the life of a diocesan priest. I look forward to getting to know the parishioners at weekend Masses and to participate in the life of the parish.” Make sure you give him a warm welcome when you see him around the parish this summer, but most importantly, be praying for him and his discernment of priesthood!