Alumni Reunion:  November 5 – 8, 2009

May 19, 2009

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the Lord. Throughout the 2009-2010 school year, St. John Vianney College Seminary will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee, “A Year of Hope and Healing.” The key event will be an alumni reunion from November 5 – 8, 2009. It is my hope that you will be able to attend.

Msgr. Terrence Hogan and Chief Fred Mass have been named Honorary Chairs, representing both priest and lay alumni. Alumni may come for all the days, or those days that best work with their schedule. All events will take place at the seminary, and there will be no charge for the reunion itself. The only cost to you will come from transportation and housing.

Attached you will find a basic schedule of the weekend. Hotels will be suggested shortly, and may wish to use one of those or to make your own arrangements. I ask that you please contact the seminary at as soon as you can to tell us which event you are planning to attend.

I also ask that you help us to spread the word. If you know of a alumni who have not been contacted, please let them know they are most welcome. If they contact us, we will get the information out to them.

Pope Benedict XVI has also declared the coming year the Year of the Priest, during which he will name St. John Vianney as the patron of all priests. Please keep us in your prayers throughout the coming year, that it may truly be, in the Lord, a year of hope and healing.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones abundantly. With every personal good wish, I am

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Carruthers


Hotel information 

If it's been a few years since you were in Miami, you might want some suggestions for hotels.  The Doral area has a lot of newer smaller hotels and it's a couple miles north of campus on 87th Avenue.  Some larger hotels are just south of Miami International Airport on Blue Lagoon Drive.   Use this information and go to or and search for good rates.  You can search using the landmark "Westchester, FL" then look for deals North and Northeast of campus.   You should be able to find rates well under $100 a night. 

The Campus is 2900 SW 87 Ave.  

St. John Vianney College Seminary
50th Anniversary:  A Year of Hope and Healing
Alumni Reunion:
November 5 - 8, 2009

Thursday, November 5th 

             6:30 p.m.    A welcome reception will take place in the refectory for those already in-town.  It will be a short chance to meet each other and plan ways to share with each other during free times.

Friday, November 6th

            10:00 a.m.    A morning of recollection will take place in the Chapel of St. Raphael.  Included in the morning’s events will be testimonies by priest alumni, lay alumni and faculty.  Among those scheduled to speak are Msgr. Pablo Navarro, Mr. Bill Horton and Dr. Charlie Cox.  Lunch will be available in the refectory, and other building will be open for tours.

             5:00 p.m.    Schola Practice.  Yes, you read it correctly. Any alumni interested in joining the current seminary schola for a meditation piece during the 50th Anniversary Mass can gather for practice.  The piece will be Fr. Buckley’s O Sacrum Convivium.

             6:30 p.m.    Solemn Evening Prayer will take place in the Chapel of St. Raphael to begin the evening’s festivities.

             7:00 p.m.    The 50th Anniversary Banquet will commence with cocktails on the patio area outside the refectory.  At 8:00 p.m. we will be seated for dinner.   Chief Freddie Maas will be the evening’s Master of Ceremony. 

Saturday, November 7th

            10:00 a.m.    Schola Practice

            11:00 a.m.    The 50th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Raphael, with Archbishop John C. Favalora as the principal celebrant. All active priest alumni are welcome to concelebrate (please bring albs). Any deacon alumni are welcome to vest (please bring alb and white stole). The mass will be followed by a stand-up reception in the refectory and its surrounding patio.

             5:30 p.m.    Evening Prayer will be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Raphael with those still in town.  After that we will move to the refectory for a casual evening of Gaudeamus-like entertainment.   Alumni are invited to sing and share.

Sunday, November 8th

            10:00 a.m.    Solemn Morning Prayer will be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Raphael. A Mass for healing, which will include the sacrament of the anointing of the sick will follow immediately. Active priest alumni are welcome to concelebrate (please bring albs) and deacons are welcome to vest (please bring alb and green stole).

            11:30 a.m.    The weekend will close with a relaxed family cook-out outside the community room of the college building.

Spouses are welcome at all events.   Please RSVP at 

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