The four seminarians in the second half of their journey to priesthood are studying at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California for the Spring semester. They are using these four months to have the experience of living with Dominican monks and taking classes with top scholars.
Aside from their interaction with the Dominicans in Berkeley, they are participating in services and activities at the four parishes of St. Peter Diocese in the Northern Vicariate. They have been alternating every weekend between San Jose, Sacramento, Turlock, and Ceres to interact with the communities there and attend Sunday mass.
Last weekend on Saturday, March 2 after attending an over-night retreat at St. Matthew’s Church in Ceres, they accompanied Fr. Michael Barota as he went to celebrate mass to the Chaldean community near Monterey, California at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church as he does once a month. There were over fifty people in attendance and they all listened to the seminarians give their story about their journey to the seminary and why they felt a calling to the priesthood.
After Fr. Barota celebrated mass the people had a potluck gathering with dinner followed by dessert and tea. The seminarians enjoyed discussions and laughter with the people from the community who warmly welcomed them.
God-willing, the four of them will be ordained deacons in 2014 and priests in 2015 by Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo.