Wednesday, April 22, 2009

College/Seminary

More and more I've been leaning to going to college before seminary. I think I want to get my bachelors in Sacred Music, and Theology (liturgy). I just don't know of a good orthodox Catholic college that offers this. I am going to be talking to the vocations director sometime soon, but I thought I'd ask you for your input. Anyone know of a good college (anywhere, not just in the U.S.) that I should look into for this, or for ideas?? Then, after I graduate, I think I will go into the seminary. What I'm praying/thinking over now is whether I am called into a religious order (such as the FSSP) or to go into parish work. Whatever one would best benefit from my strengths.

I know I'm only a sophomore. But I want to have some idea as to where I want to go, and I want to be prepared for it. Both financially, and spiritually. It's never too early to start looking, especially when it's over entering a lifetime service in the priesthood.

God will deliver. I just need to be patient. We all do.

Thanks for your thoughts!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This probably isn't exactly what you're looking for, but TAC (Thomas Aquinas College) gives a great foundation in theology; they also provide a year of music/theory instruction, and if you want, you can join the choir, which does some pretty fantastic traditional/gregorian music. Also there is now a TLM every day, and there are priests in residence. I highly recommend it.

Batjacboy said...

I agree: Thomas Aquinas College would be a good place to start.

I also hear Christendom is good, but I don't know much about it.

Anonymous said...

Ave Maria University has a major in music with a concentration in sacred music. You can hear the choir at http://www.amuchoirs.org/Online_Album.html

There is also a theology program, but not specifically liturgy.

AuntsAnon said...

The University of Dallas offers a concentration in music. I sang with their Collegium Cantorum, and their priest director of chant served as the Domkapellmeister at Cologne Cathedral. Visit: http://www.udallas.edu/music/cantorum.cfm
(By the way, the FSSP has an apostolate in Dallas.) As an alumna of UD, I may be able to get your application fee waived. See if you can email me offline in case you have any questions.

Christendom College is also a good choice, but I don't think they have a major or a concentration in music.

Will Hill said...

I HIGHLY reccomend Wyoming Catholic College. Their philosophy, theology and latin instruction is phenomenal. They have an amazing choir with excellent instruction. One of their students after only a year at WCC spent the summer directing our parish choir in chant. Plus there is no better place to discern than in an enviroment that encourages the connection with God in the outdoors. They have a mandatory horsemanship program and as a freshman you would do 2 wilderness excursions - every group with a chaplain. They have the TLM multiple times a week, an extremely reverent NO and they also have the Byzantine rite weekly. Hillsdale was an incredible experience, but I wish WCC had been around when I was looking into colleges.

Anonymous said...

And add to your "come and see" visits Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. They offer a Sacred Music degree (voice and organ primarily) and their Theology and Catechetics Programs are among the most comprehensive and orthodox (and largest) in the U.S. Plus, check out their pre-theologate program for men discerning the priesthood while getting bachelor's degree.

Kevin Symonds said...

Hello. I saw your post over at Fr. Z.'s blog.

Forgive my directness. I come from a long line of experience on what I am about to say.

If you are truly considering a vocation and want to go to college first--BE SMART ABOUT IT.

Whatever you do, do not rack up any debt, or if you have to take out loans, take as little as possible.

Debt is the #1 vocation killer. Do not doubt this, not even for one moment.

Beg for $$ to help pay for college. Apply for scholarships, work yourself to the bone now at a job and put $$ aside. Do what you need to do within moral bounds to pay your way through college.

If you can apply for your diocese and they wish you to go to college, then there are programs that can help you. Diocesan sponsorship will help you net funds.

The above is not going to be necessarily true with religious orders, especially the newer "up and coming" ones. They are still forming and barely scrape enough cash to keep themselves afloat.

Older communities typically have resources to help their junior members' become educated.

Many young people, however, do not want to join these older communities because of a bias. "They are older, so they must be liberal." I sympathize with this view and have wrestled with it in my mind numerous times, HOWEVER, there are some older communities that are reversing decisions and are going on the right track.

Take your time and look around. Visit places (requires $$$) and see where God might be calling you.

Part of the problem is that after Vatican II, there was an entire culture shock that hit the world. Religious communities/Dioceses started to prefer candidates with education. Education requires money. That may mean loans.

No one was prepared to suffer the terrible backlash, and what was worse, not many had the foresight to deal with this problem. If I did not know any better, I'd swear this backlash was part-and-parcel of plot in Marie Carre's "Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle" (I say that jokingly, though in a serious way).

I only know of one diocese of the 190+ in this country that saw this problem and started a fund to help seminarians with debt (I will not name that diocese here).

There are options that you must seriously way. In the contemporary world, it is not easy unless you were "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" as the expression goes.

Feel free to contact me any time.

Peace!
-Kevin J. Symonds
StMi49531@aol.com

Kevin Symonds said...

typo: way - weigh

Father Schnippel said...

My suggestion is to talk to the vocation director of the diocese sooner rather than later. we want to help you get to where God wants you, not just to the diocese.

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