Saturday, May 27, 2006

R.I.P. Fr. Todd Reitmeyer, An Aggie Vocation

Denizens of the Catholic blogosphere have quickly become aware of the tragic death of Fr. Todd Reitmeyer, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD and a blogger. I couldn't help but notice that he, like Fr. Christopher Lockard of my province who died just a few weeks ago, was ordained in 2003. How do we account for such losses?

I was not surprised to learn, however, that Fr. Todd was an Aggie, an alumnus of Texas A & M University. I don't think a lot of people know how fruitful A&M has been in recent years in terms of vocations. Texas A&M, which is 25% Catholic, undoubtedly is, if not #1, in the top 10 of vocation-producing universities in America. The New Orleans province of the Jesuits, of which I'm a member, rarely goes a year without receiving at least one Aggie into our novitiate. According to A & M's Saint Mary's Catholic Center website:

We at St. Mary’s have been blessed to witness the fruits of our labors firsthand. While numerous students graduate every year from Texas A&M to pursue various careers, we are aware of ninety-four “Aggie Vocations” to the priesthood or religious life. They include: 1 bishop, 36 priests, 1 brothers, 12 sisters, 19 permanent deacons and 28 seminarians. Forty-eight are in active formation, twenty-two of those as seminarians. In the last seven years alone, fifty-eight Aggies have entered seminaries, convents or monasteries.

I pray that Fr. Todd's example will inspire even more young people to pursue priesthood and religious life. And, given both Fr. Christopher & Fr. Todd's connections with their universities, don't be surprised if you see an increase in vocations among Florida Gators as well as Aggies!

May they both rest in peace.


Blogger Lisa said...

Wow, what a shocker! May he rest in peace...

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with all these souls that have returned home...hey, your book looks really cool. I may have to take a peak at it this summer. You're a Loreena Mckennitt fan? What's your favorite song?
Cool blog by the way...

12:16 PM  

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