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Young Men Living Holy Lives

Why are so many entering the Seminary at St. Michael’s Abbey?

A conversation between Novice Master Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem., and seminarians on their path to the priesthood in a modern world.

Young Men Living Holy Lives

Why are so many entering the Seminary at St. Michael’s Abbey?

A conversation between Novice Master Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem., and seminarians on their path to the priesthood in a modern world.

Hosted by
Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem.

About the webinar

This is an incredibly special time for St. Michael’s Abbey. Recently, the abbey welcomed 10 new seminarians into the community.

  • Why, in a modern and increasingly secular world, would someone choose to become a priest?
  • What does it actually look like for one to leave behind the life that he knows, and enter into seminary?
  • What are the reactions of friends and family?
  • What is it like being in formation?

Watch this special conversation between Fr. Ambrose and seminarians on their path to the priesthood.

In this live webinar, Fr. Ambrose speaks with current seminarians – what their experience has been like thus far; what advice they have for the men who are joining; and what their vocations mean, both personally and to the lay faithful, in a world very much in need of the Truth.

About the host

BIOGRAPHY
Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem.

Fr. Ambrose grew up in Denver Colorado, the middle of three children. He attended Regis Jesuit High School, the all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers, and then went on to Colorado College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics, History, and Political Science. He won the Rhodes Scholarship, and so continued his education at Oxford University in England. Hearing the call to the religious life and the priesthood, he began visiting religious communities, including several of the Norbertine Canons Regular. He entered St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Orange County, California, and eventually pursued his priestly studies in Rome, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), and then the License in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Fr. Ambrose made his final profession in 2006, and was ordained a priest in 2008. He lives at St. Michael’s Abbey, the monastery of his profession, where he is the novice master, the master of the junior-professed, and the vocations director. The Norbertine Canons there at St. Michael’s rejoice to have a large, young, and thriving religious community with many worthy vocations and a magnificent canonical life.

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