On this Guadete Sunday, we are called to rejoice in the coming of the Lord! Both of the readings and the responsorial psalm exhort us to rejoice always in God. To have joy does not mean that you are always happy. Joy is a state of being which finds its source interiorly due to God’s […]Read More 3rd Week of Advent
The two emotions I most associate with Advent are excitement and stress. Ever since seventh grade, Advent has meant exams and shopping, two of my least favorite things. Thankfully, this year is much different. The school year runs later in Europe, which means that my first semester exams will be in late January. Instead of […]Read More 2nd Week of Advent
As we begin this time of preparation for the coming of the Lord, Advent bestows a sense of Hope. Advent is both a commemoration of the waiting of the Israelites for the coming of the Messiah, and also, a truly active preparation by us for the second coming of Christ. Although this sense of hope […]Read More Reflection: 1st Week of Advent
After Early Orientation ended, I departed for Siena to live with a host family for four weeks. During this time, I had six hours of Italian class every day. It was a wonderful experinece, as I was able to immerse myself in the culture, grow in friendship with classmates, and begin to learn Italian. Here […]Read More Life Update: Siena Italian Studies
The Gospel for this past Sunday’s Mass would have been perfect for me to hear a few weeks ago. As I’m sure you all remember, it was the story of Peter walking on water towards Jesus, but falling when he becomes filled with fear of the waves. Why did I need to hear this? After […]Read More Reflection: Eyes on the Prize
Although it’s been a few weeks since early orientation ended, I figured that I might as well take the time to share all of the adventures of my first week in Rome. For early orientation, myself and around 40 of my classmates met in the Newark airport and boarded our flight to Rome. We arrived […]Read More Life Update: Early Orientation
The title of my blog comes from the phrase “Ego vobiscum sum/ero” which translates to “I am/will be with you.” I am sure some of you recognize this biblical reference from the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus made this promise to his disciples before his Ascension into Heaven. Despite this well known reference, I initially […]Read More Reflection: What does “Ego Vobiscum” mean? And why does it matter?
Greetings in the Lord! My name is Patrick Hannegan, and I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of St. Louis currently studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Due to some requests, I am starting a blog for my time abroad. Through this blog, I will keep you updated with my life and […]Read More Welcome!