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On September 28, 2012 Msgr. Helmann Council 11280, (St. John the Apostle Church), Lincoln, hosted a dinner for the seminarians, their parents, and seminarian staff from St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward. Arrangements were made through the seminary’s Rector, Monsignor John Folda, and seminarian Cole Kennett.

The evening began with a social time and pictures. A welcome was delivered by Grand Knight Mike Wernke and opening prayer was led by pastor Fr. Lyle Johnson. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal and desserts provided by the Altar Society women of the parish.

There were forty-six (46) seminarians and seven (7) staff members in attendance for the dinner. The parishioners from St. John the Apostle were invited at well at the parents of each seminarian. Thirteen (13) seminarians had parents and siblings that attended the dinner. Our pastor and assistant pastor were guests for the event, as well. Approximately twenty (40) Knights and their wives attended the dinner. Six (6) Altar Society members were present, and several parishioners also attended the dinner. In all, about 130 people attended the dinner.

After the dinner, each of the seminarians introduced themselves, the year they are in at the seminary and where they are from. If their parents were present, they were introduced as well. The seminary at St. Gregory the Great has seminarians studying from eight dioceses, plus the Lincoln Diocese. Some of the dioceses that have young men coming to Nebraska are Santa Rosa California; Baker Oregon; Madison Wisconsin; Rockford Illinois, Denver and Colorado Springs Colorado; St. Joseph/Kansas City Missouri; and Yankton South Dakota. We all enjoyed visiting with the seminarians from other dioceses as well as the young men native to Nebraska. It was an honor to meet and visit with parents that traveled to attend the evening event.

We ended the gathering with a prayer and were all given a blessing by the priests attending the dinner.

This was the fourth dinner the Knights have arranged with the Seminary. We started in 2007 and continued in 2008 and 2009. We missed a couple of years because of scheduling conflicts and continued the tradition in 2012.