Dear Friends and Parishioners of St. Jude,

As we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church this weekend, we give thanks to Christ for His gift to the church. Personally, I would like to thank you for welcoming me to the neighborhood and parish community. The opportunity to live and learn with Fr. John in the parish setting is a great gift, and I hope to get to know many of you throughout the summer months. Growing up in Fort Wayne with 4 sisters, I never thought the priesthood would be in my future, despite being raised in the Church and receiving a Catholic education. During my time at Indiana University in Bloomington while studying to apply to medical school, I began to encounter Christ in prayer and develop a relationship with God that enabled me to respond to His call. After graduating with a degree in Biology and Management, I began seminary studies in Maryland, and now continue my formation at the North American College in Rome. Although opportunities for ministry are limited due to the present situation, please know that I am entirely at the service of this community. I look forward to getting to know you and hope to join you for prayer and fellowship.

Seminary formation is a privileged time of study and prayer, growth and discipleship. Just as the disciples assembled together in the upper room to prepare for their own evangelical missions, so too do the 27 seminarians of FWSB embark on a mission of preparation and daily surrender. On behalf of all our seminarians, thank you for your continued generous support, encouragement, and prayers. Together, let us pray for the grace to open our hearts more fully to the gifts of the Spirit, and embrace the love of God in the Eucharist.

Yours in Christ,
Sam Anderson