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Blessing and a Privilege - November 2, 2012

a Blessing and a Privilege

By: Seijla Numic and Jeni Durfey

On With Life at Glenwood was fortunate to have been a host site for six seminarians this summer.  Over 175 young men spend ten weeks at Creighton University, completing their Institute for Priestly Formation program focused on spiritual formation for diocesan priests.  These young men spend several weeks ministering to care centers in the greater Omaha area. The six young men On With Life has had the privilege of knowing hail from West Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, California, Washington, DC, and Indiana. After they complete their Masters in Divinity Program, they will return to their home diocese and become ordained priests.

The seminarians stated that every moment spent with the persons served at On With Life in Glenwood was a “total giving of yourself” without expecting anything in return. Whatever came back toward them was simply an added bonus, like an unexpected smile, glance, or a nod. 

“They [persons served] taught me the meaning of dignity and gratitude each visit, in new and unexpected ways,” stated John Pino, Seminarian from West Virginia.

“The joy that is present at On With Life, both from persons served and the staff are amazing,” added John Pino. Dan Schumaker, Seminarian from Coopersville, Michigan, also came to visit the On With Life in Ankeny inpatient rehabilitation program on his way back home. “It was evident how the interaction and relationship between staff had a huge impact on the persons served and their chances of recovery. I thank God every day for this experience,” stated Schumaker.

The young men called their time at On With Life, “eye opening,” “life changing,” “a huge blessing,” and a “privilege to work with someone who is still in the image of God.”

“On the last day we volunteered, I visited one of the persons served to say goodbye. He typically is sarcastic in his comments and sometimes even a little discourteous, although any interaction he gives is a good sign. Anyway, I crouched down at this bedside to say my goodbyes, and after he did his usual sarcasm, I told him, “God bless you.” He smiled, became quiet and replied, “God bless you, too,” and we both smiled in silence as I walked out. It was a beautiful moment.”  

Tyler Tenbarge, Seminarian from Evansville, Indiana.