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tvc.dsj.org | June 20, 2017 COMMUNITY 9 Seminarians Moving to Mundelein Seminary By Liz Sullivan Likening it to going away for college, the Diocese of San Jose has announced that beginning in the fall its seminar- ians will attend Mundelein Seminary (also known as the University of Saint Mary of the Lake) in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Diocese had been sending semi- narians to Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park since the creation of the Diocese in 1981. On June 3, the Diocese ordained two priests, Father Gabriel Lee and Father Khoa Vu. It was the first priestly ordi- nation in the Diocese of San Jose since 2014. In the interim Bishop Patrick J. McGrath convened a special commit- tee headed up by Monsignor J. Patrick Browne to look at the needs of the Dio- cese while also conducting a national search for the seminary that would best address those needs. In February of this year, the Bishop, with the recommendations from the committee, made the decision to send the eight seminarians to Mundelein, 57 miles northwest of Chicago. It was originally founded in 1844; reopened in 1921, the seminary serves 46 dioceses from eight different countries. The seminary is named in part for Cardinal George Mundelein, who led the Arch- diocese from 19 16-1939. Cardinal Mundelein did succeed in establishing a place with world-class expertise in theology, liturgy and pastoral formation with past rectors in- cluding now-Bishop Robert Barron and current professors like Dr. Scott Hahn. When asked his thoughts about Mundelein Seminary as the San Jose Vocations Director, Father Joe Kim said, “Mundelein is the stable environment in which our future priests will be able to mature in their vocation.” Com- menting on the distance from San Jose, Father Kim said, “It is a bit like going away for college and gaining a new perspective when you come home.” Bishop McGrath has asked Father Kim to find creative ways to make sure the seminarians are connected to the diocese. The seminarians will spend their summer months in parishes in San Jose. Father Kim is also visiting parishes and schools this year to ask the people of the diocese to pray for the seminarians. Cecilia Kohlrust, of the Diocese of San Jose vocations office, is working to establish online ways of connecting youth with the seminarians through Facebook posts and Skype chats. The Knights of Columbus have risen to the occasion by sponsoring winter coats. In addition, the seminarians will stay connected with the Diocese with the playing of the annual Revs. vs. Sems basketball game, which will move to May (from February) to accommo- date the seminarians’ schedule. Father Kim said, “Our seminarians are looking forward to making new friends and staying in touch with their friends and family here, so let’s do all we can to support each of them.” For more biographies and ways to support our seminarians please visit, www.dsj.org/vocations/vocations- office/meet-our-seminarians or email vocations@dsj.org. A Day in a Deacon’s Family Life By Rosa Maria Mancilla In the Acts of Apostles, a deacon’s ministry was introduced to us as a community leader spreading the Gospel. Although the deacon role was described to us many years ago in the Scriptures, it is still not widely known throughout the community and is on the brink of being forgotten. Having a deacon in our family has brought many blessings, as well as many challenges. Our family has learned to accommodate his diaconate life by being flexible and patient, while maintaining the willingness to share our time with him. Since the beginning of our marriage, my husband had expressed to me his dream to become a deacon. I always knew he had the calling to serve, and I happily walked alongside him during his journey towards becoming a dea- con. After celebrating our eighteenth anniversary, his dream finally came true. As a family, we supported him every step of the way. In our Diocese, not many communi- ties have had the opportunity to under- stand the role of a deacon. Therefore, in the Hispanic community, we find that there is a constant miscommunication, especially for those who do not come to Mass regularly. Let me share with you an example of a misunderstanding. After a Baptism that my husband Deacon Leonel celebrated, we were invited to one of the baptismal parties. As we walked into the restaurant, we were holding hands, which is a normal behavior for us. We were invited to sit at one of the main tables and soon after, another couple sat down with us. During our conversation, I noticed the couple staring at us in an unusual man- ner. At one point, my husband made us laugh and I naturally placed my head on his shoulder. The man sitting with us looked away, while giving me a skeptical look. He then asked my husband, “are you the one who celebrated the Baptism?” He answered “yes,” but we didn’t think too much of the question. As the conversation continued, I could tell that there was something bothering him. The man then asked, “Are you two a couple?” My husband then explained we were married. The man then asked, “Oh, so a priest can get married now?” And it all came together, the role of a deacon was not clear. Having to explain what a deacon’s role is only shows how unknown a deacon’s place in the church is. As a deacon’s wife, you are exposed to many unique experiences. One may be cleaning his albs from all the lipstick stains of the many women kissing him after ministries, but at the end of the day, we as a family, are rewarded with blessings and the joy of having a deacon as a part of our family. Editor’s Note: Rosa’s husband, Deacon Leonel Mancilla is assigned to Saint Athanasius Parish. Construction Continues at Holy Cross Church Construction continues at Holy Cross Church in San Jose. On November 16, 2014, after the 1 p.m. Italian Mass had concluded, fire broke out in the second floor of the church. More than 100 San Jose Fire Depart- ment personnel battled the fire that was contained after a couple of hours. Built in 1919, the church is being rebuilt at a cost of more than $6.1 million and is expected to be ready in Spring 2018.