Monday, March 26, 2007

Bishop Carlson: "Rumors of a New Seminary are False."

On Monday, Naples News.com reported that the Dean of Pre-theology at Ave Maria University, Fr. J. Michael Beers, would soon be reassigned to the Diocese of Saginaw to be the "founding director of a seminary in Bay City, Mi." Soon after this announcement, the news began to spread all over the Internet that Bishop Carlson was starting a new seminary.

However, this turns out not to be the case. "Rumors of a new seminary are false." Replied the Bishop when asked about the validity of the Naples News.com story. "Fr. Beers will be helping with a house that will be especially for younger guys if they haven't had any college education and need to take a course or two at Saginaw Valley State University. It will also be for those seminarians who are E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) and need time to become comfortable with the language. It will be a chance for some spiritual formation during those times."

Bishop Carlson also added that he has been "very pleased" with the seminaries the diocese is currently employing and said that "Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit will continue to be the main seminary the diocese uses along with the others: Mundelein, Holy Apostles, and St. Paul."

So let the rumor mills cease, there will be no "St. Robert Carlson Seminary."

4 comments:

kcpriest said...

To be fair, I can see how the news folks could construe that as a sort of seminary. A house of (pre-seminary) formation. The Archdiocese has three of them (for different cultural/ethnic groups) one of which (for polish missionaries) is called Bishop Abramowicz SEMINARY! Just a thought!

Saginaw said...

Not criticizing the report, just trying to clarify...

Thanks for the thought though!

Steve said...

Thanks for the Heads up reporting. You must have extremely good contacts that spot these rumors so quickly. It is also great know that the seminarians are so concerned with the truth.

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