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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
— Dr. Almeida Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra (1917)

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Stamina of Previous Generations
published 26 September 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Here at Holy Apostles College and Seminary we have an alumni day for priests who were ordained out of this seminary. The oldest one, Fr. Francis from Canada, gave this witness story:

“I was one of 16 children in Canada. Over time my family also took care of 140 foster children! I was a baker. One day I told the manager: I want to be a priest instead of a baker. I met Fr. Eusebe Menard, the founder of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. At the seminary I kept flunking out, but I persevered. I have been a priest for 47 years!

I guess people from families like his would have a lot of graces to persevere!

Not that God wills that every family have 16 kids and 140 foster children, of course. Each couple has its own vocation. I wanted to have 13 children, in spite of having great difficulty raising my three living ones because of being a spacey intellectual instead of a practical mother. I would have loved all who came just because of the beauty of each one’s soul; but I had many miscarried instead. I will see the faces of the other ones in heaven.

After this talk by the Canadian priest, the Rector read a letter to us about the gift from a priest in Florida of relics of the 12 Apostles. What a boon to seminarians some of whom have 6-8 years of study to go!

Tears of joy. The “gates of hell will not prevail.”

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