Seniors to enter religious life after graduation

first_imgLike most Notre Dame students, senior Sam Bellafiore had an idea of what his future career would be when he was still in high school. But at the time, Bellafiore wasn’t thinking about becoming an accountant or a lawyer — he was thinking about becoming a priest.Bellafiore, who will enter Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York, this September, said he has been drawn to religious life for quite a while, even though there were many times he said he wished he wasn’t.“I started thinking about [becoming a priest] late in high school, and you don’t particularly like the idea of not getting married, or not owning very many things or having to spend every day helping other people,” Bellafiore said. “[Religious life is], on the face of it, not particularly attractive. And I kept finding that, on the surface level, even though it wasn’t attractive, there was something very deep inside of me that still kept wanting to do this.”That part of him that wanted to become a priest grew throughout his time at Notre Dame, Bellafiore said.“Really from the first day I was here — I met someone in my section as a freshman the first week of class, and we talked about discernment,” he said. “People are just in general more open to the idea of someone becoming a priest or religious [at Notre Dame] than you’d find in a lot of other places. So the fact that people were open with it and thought it was an okay thing to do – it makes it a lot easier to think about.”Men that join a seminary can choose either to join an order — like the Congregation of Holy Cross — or a diocese. Bellafiore said he considered joining an order, but ultimately decided to join a diocese so he could serve the city where he grew up.“I was really drawn to serving the people in the place that I’m from, the place that raised me and formed me and helped me become who I am,” Bellafiore said. “And I want to go back and help people there.”Bellafiore said serving the people of his community is something he’s looking forward to most as he prepares to enter religious life. What will be even more important to him than that, though, will be the Mass, he said.“If I became a priest, the most important thing in my life — and if I don’t become a priest, the most important thing in my life — would be Mass, when God actually continues to take flesh in the world and be with us,” Bellafiore said. “That would be the most important thing. There’s nothing more important than that. But I’m also looking forward to, in seminary and if I become a priest, just spending time with people, ministering to them, learning from them and bringing whatever I can share to them.”Senior Christina Serena, who will join the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in August, said she is most looking forward to giving her life “entirely to God” after graduation. Courtesy of Christina Serena Senior Christina Serena (left) will join the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in August. To her left are Sister Joseph Andrew, foundress and vocations director of the order, and two postulants.“Rather than waiting for that time to test out my vocation, I’ll actually get to live it and see it with clearer eyes than I’ve been able to so far,” Serena said.When she first arrived at Notre Dame, Serena said she didn’t want to be a religious sister. But like Bellafiore, her love for religious life grew during her time as an undergraduate.“Through my Foundations of Theology course and through my prayer and getting to know God better in that way, it became clear to me that God was calling me to consider [religious life],” Serena said. “The more I prayed about it, the more I learned about the Dominicans, the more it attracted me. And there just became a point where I fell in love with religious life, and during prayer one morning said, ‘Yes, this is what I want to do.’ And that’s what I’ve wanted to do since.”By the time she was a sophomore, Serena had decided she wanted to join the Dominicans.“I don’t think I would have been able to discern my vocation without an image of religious life,” Serena said. “And the first sisters I ever encountered were from my community, in Spain at World Youth Day. And after [God] introduced them to me it was most natural for me to begin, first of all, discerning with them. And later, meeting other religious orders, I realized that God introduced me first to the order that was right for me. It’s a matter of the heart, so I can’t say exactly why I’m called to them.”Serena said there are many reasons she loves the order.“I love the Dominicans’ commitment to study,” Serena said. “I love that they’re the order of preachers, because I think that’s so important, especially with all the people in our culture today who don’t recognize Christ. They’re also very monastic. I love all the traditional ways of praying, and they wear the traditional Dominican habit. But they’re also very young and joyful; their average age is 30 and the average age of those who enter is 21.“So I’m already over the average. One of the pre-postulants was asking me how I felt about being old,” she said with a laugh.To those discerning their vocation, Bellafiore said the most important thing he has learned throughout the process is not to be afraid.“Fear is not something that comes from God,” Bellafiore said. “He always speaks through peace. There’s also no reason to be afraid because He’s totally good and totally in love with you and wants nothing but what’s good for you.”Serena agreed.“I think oftentimes when people are trying to figure out God’s will, they think of it as something that God knows and He won’t necessarily tell them unless they do everything perfectly, or they really think about it and obsess about it,” she said. “But the vocation is something that God has already implanted in you through baptism, and He actually desires for us to know our vocations more than we do ourselves. So as long as you’re staying close to God through the sacraments and through prayer, He will reveal your vocation to you at the right time.”Tags: Commencement, discernment, dominican sisters of mary, priesthood, Seniorslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Settle for Santino Fontana & More

first_imgBilly Porter & More Belt for the Holidays‘Tis the season for holiday benefits! Tony-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner/Christmas enthusiast Stephanie J. Block and more will headline Sparkle: An All-Star Holliday Concert. The fourth annual event, hosted by Scott Nevins, will take place on December 6 at the Cutting Room and benefit the Actors Fund. Additional stage faves set to spread holiday cheer include Charl Brown, An American in Paris’ Max von Essen, Wicked’s Robin de Jesus, Charl Brown, perennial vlogger Lesli Margherita, Matt Doyle and more.Stage & Screen Stars Set for Mike Nichols MemorialA group of stage and screen greats will take part in a memorial service for Mike Nichols. According to Showbiz411, Monty Python duo Eric Idle and John Cleese, who collaborated with Nichols on Spamalot, will perform. Barry Diller, Bryan Lourd, Lorne Michaels and Elaine May will host (May was recently tapped to direct a PBS documentary focusing on the late EGOT-winning director). The private gathering will take place on November 8, about a week shy of the anniversary of his death at the age of 83.Watch Idina Menzel Rise like the Break of DawnJust when we’d stopped watching Idina Menzel and Taylor Swift’s Frozen duet from Halloween on repeat, then our favorite Broadway supernova goes and posts this video. Check out below a sneak peek of what went down (or should that be up?) behind the scenes right before Menzel made her entrance as Elsa. We just can’t let this performance go. Well, at any rate until Frozen Fever, the short film inspired by the movie, bows on the Disney Channel on November 29. Idina Menzel View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Settle for Santino FontanaSantino Fontana is currently appearing in The CW’s musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and on a recent episode he got to put his hoofing skills to good use. Check out below as the Tony nominee performs a dream sequence number, “Settle For Me,” along with the show’s headliner Rachel Bloom. The former Prince Charming is just as adorable as ever—we’re crossing all fingers and toes he’ll be settling back on the Great White Way soon! Star Fileslast_img read more

Valley Stream Man Stole FEMA Sandy Funds, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Valley Stream man was arrested Thursday for allegedly lying to FEMA in order to get thousands of dollars in Superstorm Sandy-related disaster relief funds for a storm-damaged house in East Rockaway that he claimed to be living in, federal investigators said.Edward Valentin was among four people charged for allegedly submitting false and fraudulent applications to obtain Sandy funds, officials said. He was released on $30,000 bail after his arraignment.According to a complaint, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved on Nov. 19, 2012 $18,575 for two disaster assistance applications Valentin filed for a Hudson Street home in East Rockaway on Oct. 3, 2012—two days after the massive storm struck—and on Nov. 15, 2012.“The Hudson Street residence was described as an owned property and Valentin’s primary residence,” investigators said in the complaint, despite Valentin’s driver’s license listing his current address as a home in Valley Stream. The application also listed Valentin as the sole occupant of the East Rockaway residence, officials said.But federal agents later learned that the tenant living in the Hudson Street home filed a complaint with the disaster fraud hotline after her belongings were damaged during Sandy. The woman told investigators that Valentin “was going to file a claim for payment with FEMA and falsely represent” that he lived with her, according to the complaint.The tenant also received a check from Valentin three days before he filed for relief that listed his address as the Valley Stream residence, the complaint states. Agents interviewed two neighbors who confirmed that the tenant lived alone, investigators said.Authorities also arrested Staten Island residents Diana Shkolnik, Robert Gesuele and Darnell Ellis. Officials said more than $70,000 was allegedly stolen from disaster relief funds intended for Sandy victims.“At a time when individuals were displaced from their primary residences and businesses due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy, the defendants saw an opportunity to make money,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “They submitted false claims to FEMA and lined their pockets with money intended to help those who legally qualified for assistance under the IHP (Household Assistance Program).”last_img read more

Last passengers leave cruise ship in Cambodia after virus clearance

first_imgUpon leaving the vessel, passengers received traditional checkered Cambodian scarves as souvenirs.The passengers will spend a night in capital Phnom Penh and then fly home, said Sun Chan Thol, Cambodia’s minister of public transport.”Tomorrow, they will leave for their home countries,” said Sun Chan Thol.Holland America said the ship would remain at dock in Sihanoukville while hundreds of crew members were being tested.The vessel spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand even though the cruise operator insisted there were no coronavirus cases aboard.Some 1,455 passengers and 802 crew boarded the cruise ship when it set sail on Feb. 1 from Hong Kong.  On Wednesday, a series of cheers went up from people lining the lower deck of the cruise ship and there were several loud blasts of the ship’s horn as passengers began disembarking, 18 days after the ship first left Hong Kong.”The last 233 passengers on MS Westerdam are disembarked and will continue to Phnom Penh by buses,” said Kheang Phearum, spokesman for Preah Sihanouk province, where Sihanoukville is located.Holland America Line confirmed in a statement the last passengers had been given health clearances to leave the ship and make their way home.”The company is working to finalize arrangements for everyone,” the statement said, adding that those who travelled home previously will be contacted by their local health department. Remaining passengers who were stuck onboard a cruise ship docked in Cambodia for almost a week left the vessel on Wednesday after they tested negative for the coronavirus, a government official said.MS Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp’s Holland America Line, arrived in the port of Sihanoukville on Feb. 13 having been turned away at five other ports after leaving Hong Kong, which has reported more than 60 cases of the virus and two deaths.The ship came under renewed scrutiny amid Cambodia’s quick clearance for passengers to fly home, which was criticized after one American woman who had been on the cruise ship tested positive for the virus over the weekend after a special flight chartered by the cruise reached Malaysia.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Granit Xhaka has told Arsenal team-mates he is leaving with interested in the midfielder

first_imgAdvertisement Granit Xhaka looks set for an Arsenal exit (Picture: Getty Images)Granit Xhaka has reportedly told his Arsenal team-mates that he will be leaving the club and a return to the Bundesliga in January is increasingly likely.The Swiss midfielder has been cut adrift at Arsenal since his clash with fans when he was substituted against Crystal Palace in October.Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy at the club and has made just three Premier League appearances since.An exit has looked likely and German publication Bild reports that he has already informed his team-mates that he will be leaving as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENTSky Germany report that Hertha Berlin have made Xhaka their number one priority in the January window and that general manager Michael Preetz has been in England to discuss the move.AdvertisementAdvertisementSwiss newspaper Blick report that Hertha have already made an offer for the 27-year-old, with manager Jurgen Klinsmann looking to recruit ‘Champions League level players.’A deal would likely be a loan for the rest of the season with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityXhaka appeared to have been given another chance at Arsenal under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg who said he ‘absolutely’ had a clean slate at the club.‘I believe that everyone has a possibility,’ the Swede told Sky Sports after picking Xhaka for his first match in charge against Norwich. ‘I felt that this was the best balance of our team to play that way, and I take that decision.’Speaking of the fans jeering him against Palace which led to this rift at the club, Xhaka told Blick: ‘It was very painful and frustrating.‘For me, this reaction is still incomprehensible, especially in this vehemence and how extremely hostile I was here.’MORE: Ian Wright tells Mikel Arteta he has to keep Freddie Ljungberg as part of his Arsenal coaching staffMORE: Mikel Arteta joked about Arsenal defence while Manchester City coach and highlighted huge weakness Granit Xhaka has told Arsenal team-mates he is leaving with interested in the midfielder Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Bulldogs Boys Swimming Sectional Prelim Results

first_imgIHSAA Sectional Prelim results at Columbus North HS for Batesville.200 Medley relay qualified 11th (Choi, Rogers, Main, Johnson).200 Free relay qualified 8th (Main, Choi, Johnson, Rogers).400 Free relay qualified 10th (Main, Johnson, Rogers, Choi).Individual Results.Choi  100 breast-20th, Johnson 50 free 26th, E Main 100 free-17th, Rasnick 200 free, 29th; 100 free-36th, Rogers 500 free-23rd, Simpson 200 free –27th’ 100 back -23rd.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

No action over Moyes ‘altercation’

first_img The Scot was spoken to by police after claims made by builder Josh Gillibrand, 23, that he had been attacked at a wine bar in Clitheroe, Lancs. Officers were called to the upmarket Emporium bar in the rural market town following a report of the altercation on the evening of May 21. It is understood Moyes, 51, had been socialising with his friend, Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw, a local businessman in the Ribble Valley. Witnesses reported Moyes, who had been sacked by Manchester United the previous month, was abused by a group of drunken young men shortly before he entered the bar. Gillibrand, from nearby Dutton, denied that he or his friend were involved in the abuse but told The Sun he “felt like I was going to die”, as trouble allegedly flared. Police said at the time there were “a number of differing accounts” of what happened. Lancashire Police has confirmed no further action will be taken against any party. A spokesman said: “After careful consideration of all the circumstances in this case it has been decided that no further action will be taken against anyone. “A thorough investigation has been carried out and everyone identified as having been involved in this incident or having witnessed it have provided accounts to the police. “All these accounts were given voluntarily, it has not been necessary to arrest any person. These accounts have been considered and it has been decided that this is the most appropriate course of action.” Moyes, who has also managed Everton and Preston, was dismissed by Manchester United last April following a mediocre season after he replaced the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson. Press Associationcenter_img Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has been cleared by police after he was investigated over an alleged bar-room bust-up. last_img read more

No mistakes from Annie

first_img In command when coming to grief at the last in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, she was sent off the 2-9 favourite to atone and travelled beautifully in front for Ruby Walsh. After being asked to lengthen rounding the home turn, Annie Power made no mistake at the last this time and cruised clear to beat fellow Willie Mullins inmate Analifet. Annie Power returned to her majestic best when easing to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. Mullins may consider running Annie Power again before she departs on a summer break, but he too was delighted to see her back in the winner’s enclosure. He said: “She’s back and we’ll have to decide whether to go to France or put her away. “She was definitely not herself after the fall at Cheltenham and I was concerned after her first few bits of work that she might have pulled something in her neck and was not letting herself go. “However, Ruby pushed her a bit more in a piece of work and she was better, and she’s worked well in her last few bits. “Analifet was fantastic as well as she made a bad mistake at the second-last.” Walsh admitted his relief after Annie Power safely negotiated all the obstacles to get back on the winning trail. He said: “She’s better going left-handed, she’s always jumped out to her left, but she made all and it’s a strong old headwind down the back. “She wasn’t exactly facing it but you couldn’t blame her for that. She jumped well on the whole and I guess once bitten, twice shy. “At the second-last I was thinking ‘happy days, this will keep me honest to the last’, but then I could hear them dropping off and dropping off and I was thinking ‘not again!’.” Annie Power was having just her second start of the campaign and Walsh was pleased to see her back on form. He said: “As she’s got older, she’s lost a little bit of speed, but I wouldn’t mind that. She has a good cruising speed. “She’s had a very interrupted season, she had that little problem in December before the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, we got her back to Cheltenham where she crashed and fell. “She wasn’t sparkling at Aintree time, but just in the last 10 days she’s really come together and started to work like the mare she is. It’s great to have her back – (it’s a) pity she’s had such a light campaign.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Certerach on comeback trail

first_imgMichael Halford reports classy stayer Certerach well on the road to making his comeback this summer. Press Association Last year’s Dubai Gold Cup winner suffered a setback in the winter and was unable to defend his crown at Meydan. However, Halford says the seven-year-old is back in full training and is looking towards the Group Three At The Races Curragh Cup on June 28 as a target. center_img “He’s back in full work now and we’re very happy with him,” said the County Kildare handler. “We’ll probably go for something like the Curragh Cup with him on Irish Derby weekend. “That might be his first run back. I don’t know if he’ll come to hand in time for the Saval Beg (at Leopardstown). “He’s sound as a bell and is in good form.” last_img read more