In the days leading up to my graduation from Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary two weeks ago, I often reminisced about the two years I had spent there (I attended the University of Dayton before entering seminary) and I wish that I would have written down some of my thoughts. Anyways, I wanted to try to share some of the good times and not so good times from the two years that I spent at the seminary.
If you have seen the video that is shown at the Andrew Dinners, I am the guy that said, “The college seminary is kind of like a Catholic Frat House.” Needless to say, I have received some flak for that comment, but I still think that it’s a decent description of community life at Bishop Bruté College Seminary. Sure it may not completely describe life community life, but it gets the basic notion of life.
The word Fraternity comes from the Latin word Frater which means brother. A fraternity is basically a brotherhood. We joke that Bruté is the only fraternity at Marian University (the college where we take classes, eat, etc.). Some of the people on campus might think that the guys are part of frat because we were always together. Being a seminarian is like being part of a brotherhood.
There were guys from every background. Here’s a quick list off the top of my head: served in the military, prom king/ state runner-up wrestler, worked on a farm, home schooled, national vice president of the FFA, Bolivian immigrant, high school band, and all different kinds of different athletes. The great thing about it was these guys could come together and form a dynamic community. We genuinely cared about one another and loved each other. If you were having a bad day, there was always a guy that you could talk to. Guys were always there for one another even if we had to correct each other, it was out of love.
The thing that I will remember most about community life was the fun that we had. I really loved having bonfires out back in the fire pit; they were always relaxing. Also playing sports with the guys was a blast. Last fall I think we played flag football around 20 times. I am convinced that the guys at Bruté could have fun at any occasion. I remember one time we had to take a Saturday afternoon to do lawn work and it was probably one of the most fun days at Bruté. Even the priests that lived with us got in on the fun. I vividly recall our Rector joking about himself or someone else on multiple occasions; this opened the door to us pranking them from time to time. I think the best way to describe community life is fun and loving.
Of course everyday wasn’t peaches and cream. Sometimes we would get on each others’ nerves and it would seem like we were high school girls, but anytime you live with 25 guys, people will occasionally rub you the wrong way. It is something you learn to deal with and it is especially challenging to love them in spite of their shortcomings, but when you realize your own shortcomings, it’s not so difficult.
I really enjoyed community life and am looking forward to experiencing life at Mt. Saint Mary’s next fall.
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