Dear seminarians,

In order for you to fully appreciate the topic of my talk at the 2015 Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat, it would be helpful for you to know its place in the schedule on that Thursday afternoon. Following my session with the seminarians on retreat, we will walk to the Christ the King Chapel. There we will be joined with the priests and deacons for a prayer session, inviting God to release a greater outpouring of the power and love of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).

Therefore, my objective is to prepare you to yield more fully to the Holy Spirit and to God’s plan for each of your lives. The Holy Spirit desires to deepen the loving friendship that each of you have with Jesus Christ. The objective is to fall more deeply in love with Christ. Inner peace and a holy joy concerning your vocation comes from trusting more fully in the Lord Jesus… for everything!

Complete trust in God frees us to understand that it is really not all about us at all. But rather, it’s all about God living and dwelling in us.

There is a freedom in knowing that God’s desire is to be speaking and acting through you every day as seminarians. But you need to invite Him to do so. The Holy Spirit desires to abide more fully in you and unite your hearts to the loving heart of Christ Jesus. You will then understand that if you are ordained priests of Jesus Christ, He will lead, guide, protect, and direct your ministry every day.

A joyful and a happy seminarian, you see, becomes a joyful and happy priest of Jesus Christ.

I hope to see you this summer!


Fr. Valenti will be presenting at the 2015 Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat on June 15-19. Registration is now open!

Fr. Tom Valenti
Fr. Tom Valenti

Father Tom Valenti has been a priest for over 30 years and has worked for 13 of those years in priestly formation ministry. He currently serves as a parish priest at St. John the Baptist Church in Yonkers, New York, and is chaplain for the Columbia University football program. In conjunction with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, he also directs the football program’s community outreach service program. For many years, Father Valenti has been a speaker and helped direct the seminarians track at this conference.