Serving God’s people takes a lot of energy, so “we need to have bodies that are prepared for it,” said Andrew Auer, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of St. Louis in his third year at North American College in Rome.
Another seminarian, Joseph Caraway from the Diocese of Lake Charles, agrees. “The Catholic Church is a real supporter of both body and soul … Sometimes we can get so caught up in focusing on the soul and our prayer, which is incredibly important, but we also need to take care of our physical bodies,” he went on to say.
Caraway knows of what he speaks. He did graduate studies in physiology before entering the seminary.
With his experience and background in graduate school, Caraway has found some very concrete ways to help his brother seminarians, developing “diet programs and exercise programs to help them become more physically fit and just learn how to exercise correctly.”
Fitness and sports is a good way to build camaraderie among the seminarians. In fact the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will feature the Spaghetti Bowl, a long–standing tradition involving a flag football game between first–year students and the and the rest of the college, and serves to help integrate students into the daily life of the seminary.
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