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Students visit seminary, Newman Center

DAVID CITY (SNR) – Seniors from Aquinas High School in David City visited St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward and the Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nov. 18.

At the seminary, students learned about the daily life of a seminarian. Several said they were surprised at the academic classes the seminarians take.

Matt Kovar, a graduate of Aquinas and current seminarian, spoke to the group.

“I thought visiting the seminary was good because as high school seniors… we are trying to discern what God wants us to do,” student Mackenzie Eller said. 

At the Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the students heard from FOCUS missionaries — those working for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Aquinas currently has six alumni serving as FOCUS missionaries.

“I thought (the FOCUS missionaries) were inspirational and connected with people, which makes me want to be a part of that,” said Spencer McGuire.

The Aquinas seniors also met speakers from both the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and Pi Alpha Chi Sorority.

“I am more interested in attending UNL after seeing the Newman Center and the Catholic Fraternity,” said Ben Winsnieski. “This visit truly showed seniors that college life is difficult, especially since you leave your Catholic support system that you get in a Catholic High School like Aquinas, but there are opportunities at the Newman Center to keep your faith life alive and active.

Bethany Focher agreed.

“The Newman Center is going to be a great place to keep my faith going strong,” she said.
Aquinas students said they felt blessed to be able to visit and talk to other recent graduates and to see how they have continued to live and grow their Catholic faith.

Aquinas High School serves students from Ss. Peter and Paul in Abie, St. Wenceslaus in Bee, St. Peter, St. Joseph, and Presentation in Bellwood, Holy Trinity in Brainard, St. Anthony in Bruno, Assumption (Appleton), St. Francis, and St. Mary in David City, Assumption in Dwight, Sacred Heart in Shelby, and Immaculate Conception in Ulysses.  Alumni from Aquinas High School include nine priests and religious, five FOCUS missionaries and four alumni that are discerning religious vocations in the seminary or convent.  Each year Aquinas seniors visit various colleges, universities, and religious institutions to explore vocational opportunities that they will be pursuing in the future, and 100% of Aquinas graduates go onto post-secondary education, religious studies, or service in the military.

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