Left to right: Michael Sparks, Jose Delgado, Michael Salemi
Before coming here, seminary seemed reserved for men much holier and smarter than I to be trained for the priesthood. My whole understanding of seminary expanded when a priest told me about the Sons of Ars podcast. During my daily commute to work I heard seminarians on the podcast who sounded like regular guys talking about normal things and who shared their joys and sorrows of seminary formation. This is what I wanted, so my discernment to the priesthood began again.
In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis challenges Christians to rethink how we bring the Gospel message to our communities. The Sons of Ars podcast creatively answers this call by sharing our unique role as seminarians and how we came to be here. The podcast started in 2019 by Fr. Ian and Fr. Micah when they were seminarians. They aimed to share diverse seminarian stories and enlighten anyone interested in seminary life to inspire them to grow in their spiritual life, especially those discerning priesthood. We strive to continue that original mission. Along with discerners, our audience is mostly friends of the seminary, so we hope all our listeners continue to be edified by our seminary experiences.
The current team includes hosts John Cooney and Michael Sparks, along with editor Michael Salemi. Soon new seminarians James Joseph and Dave Napierkowski will join the team as we continue to witness Christ through the podcast culture.
Michael Sparks, Theology I, Diocese of Pueblo
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