Building the Communion of Saints
I first found out about Seton Teaching Fellows over three years ago. The aspect of the mission that grabbed my heart and pulled my attention more than anything else was hearing stories about the beautiful children who would receive the Sacraments and be brought into the Church through our Catechism classes: El Camino. What was even more inspiring is the fact that children would go home and bring this gift to their families—our disciples bring prayer to the home and have even asked their parents to be baptized and join the Church. When I encountered this reality it gave me chills (and still does to this day).
While I was yet discerning and preparing for my possible year as a Seton Teaching Fellow, I distinctly remember reading that Fellows “live simply” and instantly panicking. There are a number of things that inspire a life of simplicity—detachment from money, vastly reducing your possessions, seeking necessity over luxury, placing people before comfort—and to a young person considering entry into the professional world this doesn’t often seem attractive. Despite concerns around self-denial, I was drawn to the mission of the New Evangelization and I said yes to Seton Teaching Fellows. I then braced myself for what I thought would be a year of discomfort and—reluctantly, I admit—left half of my wardrobe behind as I packed up to move to the Bronx.
Charity is a Gift of the Risen Lord
The formation and education I received throughout life taught me the head knowledge of the Catholic faith. It was a gift—a valuable and important thing for a young man to have. However, it was an incomplete education because I lacked the heart knowledge which directs our faculties in charitable ways; it wasn’t until I became a Seton Teaching Fellow that I really started working towards the gift of Charity.
It is the Lord!
In this reflection, STF Adam Grand shares how the process of reframing, seeking out opportunities, and tackling challenges helped him pursue God in the everyday and lead with love in the classroom
Love is a Choice
From money, to masters, to mission—Shannon Griffin shares how she discovered STF while pursuing an M.A. in economics. Her studies and interests found an intersection in STF, and Shannon found God in the margins.
Grateful for Interruptions: A Thanksgiving Reflection on Matthew 25
This Thanksgiving, as we share our gratitude for all the blessings we’ve been given, STF Abby Burns reflects on the gifts in her year of service. Chief amongst sanctifying blessings in life is the way that the Lord stretches and forms our hearts for the gospel. In this blog post, Ms. Burns shares how her year of service has stretched her heart to find Christ in other people and the everyday interruptions she experiences.