Seminarians attend statewide convocation in capital

By Anne Marie Cox
Special to The Witness

DES MOINES — About 70 seminarians from all four of Iowa’s diocese visited with each other at the annual statewide convocation Aug. 11-13 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines.

Keynote speaker Father Ben Bradshaw, of the Diocese of Memphis, focused on the universal call to holiness and what that means for priests.

But hopefully, Father Bradshaw said, there are more benefits to having the seminarians come together than just the talk.

“I think the benefit can be more subtle,” he said. When one combines the gatherings of World Youth Day with some retreats and the convocation, “what happens is people begin to realize, ‘I’m not the only one who believes this.’ They’ll meet other seminarians and other men who are in the same situation.”

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