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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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May 19, 2019

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Father Cosmas K. O. Nwosuh, MSP (Missionaries of St. Paul)

‘I have never ceased to marvel at the

transformative power of God’s grace’

Father Cosmas K.O. Nwosuh, MSP, is parochial administrator at Holy Rosary Parish, Medicine Lodge, St. Boniface Parish, Sharon, and St. John the Apostle Parish, Kiowa. He is a native of Nigeria.

SKR: Why did you enter the religious life (other than being a diocesan priest)?

Father Cosmas K.O. Nwosuh, MSP:
I think it is important I admit in all honesty that when I first considered the priesthood I did not know the difference between the religious life and the diocesan priesthood.  Then I was about eight years old and an Altar server.  But even at that young age, the reputation of a certain religious order, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (C.S.Sp.) or the Holy Ghost Fathers, a.k.a. the Spiritans, had captured my imagination.  The Order had been the primer for missionaries in Eastern Nigeria from where I came. I grew up regaled with tales of their legendary zeal, sacrifices, and achievements.  I do not know exactly when and where, but I believe that it was within this impressionable period in my life that I decided that if ever I became a priest, “I will be a Holy Ghost Father.”  It was not that I never met many diocesan priests. I did! In fact some of those I had met were ex-students of my father and were frequent visitors to our home.  But there was “something” about the Holy Ghost Fathers that had captured my imagination. It never left me. SKR: Why did you choose your particular congregation?

Father Cosmas: Yet, when a decade later I finally decided to pursue my dream for the priesthood in earnest, I did not end up with the Spiritans although I had applied to them for admission.  But I had applied also to the new and emergent religious institute in the country called National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul.  Again, even though I knew practically next to nothing about the emergent institute, I felt drawn to it.  I guess it was the two leading adjectives, “National” and “Missionary” that had appealed most to me and nudged me to submit an application, since to me the words had a connotation of “broadness,” “universality,” and even “distance.”  Somehow I felt that in joining the institute, I will still realize my dream of being a priest and a missionary like the Holy Ghost Fathers I had known by repute.
However, it was while I was already at seminary – studying the Constitutions of the Missionary Society of St. Paul – that I became informed of the difference between a religious congregation (like the Spiritans) and a Society of Apostolic Life (like MSP). Therefore in strict canonical terms the Missionary Society of St. Paul to which I belong is actually not a religious congregation (like the Dominicans, Franciscans, or Passionists).  Whereas Societies of Apostolic Life have a lot in common with institutes of consecrated life, they however have some differences which we must admit are neither huge nor really radical.  As a friend wittingly puts it, “The difference between them could be likened to the difference between six and a half of a dozen.”

SKR: What kind of ministries have you been/are you involved in?

Father Cosmas: Since my ordination into the Society over two decades ago, my ministry has been largely within the area of seminary formation, i.e. the training of candidates for the priesthood.  My first assignment was to our “Formation House” where we run a two-year probation program for candidates before they begin their studies in philosophy and theology. In the Formation House I was involved in teaching, preaching retreats, and spiritual direction.  After two years, and on the instructions of my superiors, I went to the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. There I completed the graduate program in Church History and assumed a new assignment at my society’s seminary, where I spent 10 years teaching, writing, and occasionally preaching retreats. I also served as the seminary’s Academic Dean and the Archivist of the Society.

SKR:
What have been your greatest joys?

Father Cosmas: I think one of the greatest sources of my joy as a seminary teacher and formator is being present at the priestly ordination of my students. Each student is as unique as each set or class is. I have never ceased to marvel at the transformative power of God’s grace: transforming young (and sometimes “clueless”) seminarians into ministers of his Word and Sacrament.  The experience is simultaneously joyful and humbling.

SKR: What have been your greatest challenges as a religious?

Father Cosmas:
Some of the greatest challenges I have experienced include believing and accepting without resentment that God’s will for me is transmitted through my superiors; or practically giving up your will and life to be run by others.

SKR:
Please offer a quote that makes a statement about the value of religious life for you.

Father Cosmas: For me the statement that best offers the value of religious life is: “Pro Christo legatione ergo fungimur” [We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)].  This happens to be the motto of my missionary Society.

Past Issues

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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