|With Fr. Álvaro Corcuera LC |
Following is a testimony from John Sester, a Minnesota native
who is a senior at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in
Rolling Prairie, Indiana.
On September 13th the students of Sacred Heart
Apostolic School packed up their busses, and a box truck
full of luggage to start the fourteen-hour-long ride to the
Legionaries’ novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut. The ride was long, but,
as most road trips, a lot of fun. We sang,
we slept, we played card games, and we watched some
documentaries. Fr. Joseph Fazio LC even gave us his priestly
memoirs, and, of course, the dog being in the bus
with us made things…interesting.
We arrived late at night, around 10:00
pm. Fr. Daren Weisbrod LC waited up for us, and
showed us where to put our bags. They had a
nice dinner set up for us when we got there.
It was a great testimony of the charity at Cheshire –
a hot meal ready for us at ten o’clock!? The
brothers there went to great measures to make sure we
were all comfortable during our stay there.
The next morning we
had morning prayers and headed to breakfast when we were
met by Fr. Álvaro Corcuera LC at the dining room
door. We were edified that, even in his illness, he
is still such an example of joy, simplicity, humility, and
complete generosity. He spent time to greet each and every
one of us as if there was no one else
in the world. His joy and peace are contagious.
blessed to witness the seminarians receiving their cassocks on the
eve of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It
was good for us to see where the next step
in our vocations might take us. We were impressed by
the step of total self-giving that these men were taking,
and we hope that, if that is our path, we
might have the generosity and conviction that they have.
|Sacred Heart students got to witness seminarians receiving their cassocks.|
to serve dinner for the novices on their feast day,
Our Lady of Sorrows (the patroness of the Legion of
Christ). The brothers said that they were impressed with our
service (but I’m sure they could have done much better
than we did!)
All in all it was a great visit,
and we were impressed by the holiness, and service of
the seminarians. The attitude of charity and generosity is amazing.
There is so much love for Christ within those walls.
If that is the next place that God will lead
us to through our vocations, then it is a great
atmosphere, and a place where God truly dwells.