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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Exercising Personal Conscience

Toward the end of the semester, the journalism students wrote a reflection paper in which they considered how they would apply the elements of journalism that we discussed to their work as a journalist.  Below are some excerpts from the paper by Quyen Truong:

Exercising personal conscience directly relates to the requirement of journalism providing exact information independently.  This is because journalism's final goal is to bring guidance and direction to its audience at all costs and under no pressure.  Kovach and Rosenstiel have [said], "Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power" (140).  If a journalist acts accordingly to the guidance of his conscience, nothing can prevent that person from conveying the good and exact news for the sake of the readers . . .

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Annual Benefit Dinner

As we conclude the semester, our journalism students are turning in their final stories:

Seminary Annual Benefit Dinner Supported Priestly Vocations
by Quyen Truong 

Mount Angel Seminary's Seventh Annual Benefit Dinner took place at the Portland Convention Center on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The participants of the Seminary Benefit Dinner come from different walks of life, but they all have the same love and support for the priesthood and the seminarians.

"We come here to support seminarians and their missions.  The Church needs good priests, and it is important for us to be here as supporters of priestly vocations," said Mrs. Lois Scowcroft from Saint Patrick Parish in Portland.  She also explained that the presence of benefactors at the  Benefit Dinner tells seminarians that people are always there for them, both spiritually and materially.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Annual Walk for Life

The journalism class had completed another set of stories covering events in which our seminarians have participated in recently.  See below for more details!

Seminarians - A Witness for Life
Story and Photos by Quyen Truong

In recent years, seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary have been participating in the annual Walk for Life in San Francisco. This event is an opportunity for seminarians to tell people who respect life that they are united with the people in their prayers for life.  The seminarians also share in the people’s witness to life.

Seminarians participating in the 6th Walk for Life.

Forty-six seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary attended the 6th Walk for Life in the Bay Area with thousands of participants and raised banners for life. “It is a golden opportunity for me to stand up with pro-lifers to save the right of life for many unborn babies,” said Tuan Pham, a pre-theology seminarian. “The Walk was an invaluable experience for my vocational ministry, God willing, because I could walk the teachings of our Good Lord and the doctrine of the Church,” Pham continued.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Vocation of Fr. Liem

Our third profile this semester was on one of our formation directors:

Father Liem: From a Herdsman to a Formator
by Quyen Truong

Father Liem Nguyen, O.S.B., has served as a formator at Mount Angel Seminary for sixteen years.  His vocation had many ups and downs before he settled at Mount Angel Abbey, but these experiences have deepened his calling as both a Benedictine monk and a formator. 

Talking about his mission during a recent interview, Father Liem said, “What I like the most about being a formator is to see the outcome, the success of my directees, and to see how they become priests.”  Father Liem continued, “I have experience as both a seminarian and a formator, so I can understand my directees’s feelings better and be patient to help them grow in their formation, as well as to deal with situations they may see and face in the future.”  Joseph Nguyen, a seminarian from the Diocese of Orange, said this about Father Liem: “Father Liem has helped me so much in my vocation discernment and helped me understand myself and others better.”

According to Father Liem, his vocation came about in a very unusual way.