June 26, 2020

Bishop Bruté Days to be held on July 10 at college seminary

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson delivers a homily during a June 26, 2018, Mass at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis that was part of Bishop Bruté Days. It is an annual event sponsored by the archdiocesan vocations office for teenage boys open to a vocation to the priesthood. Bishop Bruté Days will take place this year on July 10 at the seminary. (File photo by Sean Gallagher)

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson delivers a homily during a June 26, 2018, Mass at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis that was part of Bishop Bruté Days. It is an annual event sponsored by the archdiocesan vocations office for teenage boys open to a vocation to the priesthood. Bishop Bruté Days will take place this year on July 10 at the seminary. (File photo by Sean Gallagher)

By Sean Gallagher

Bishop Bruté Days, an annual event sponsored by the archdiocesan vocations office for teenage boys open to a vocation to the priesthood, will take place on July 10 at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis.

Ordinarily a three-day event with high school participants staying at the seminary, it has been changed this year to a one-day event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other measures to be taken to slow the spread of the virus will include holding most of Bishop Bruté Days outside, forgoing activities such as dodgeball and basketball, and observing social distancing as much as possible.

“That will help everybody be safer,” said Father Michael Keucher, archdiocesan vocations director. “We’ll have activities, but we’ll do them very carefully.”

This year’s Bishop Bruté Days, Father Keucher said, will focus on diocesan priests who later became saints. They include St. John Vianney, St. Pius X, St. John Paul II and St. Philip Neri.

Attention will also be given to the story of the Servant of God Bishop Simon Bruté, the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, which later became the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Mass, eucharistic adoration and the opportunity for the sacrament of penance will be part of Bishop Bruté Days this year, as well as talks given by priests and seminarians.

“It’s a life-giving experience to allow these young men to come together and think and pray about the priesthood,” said Father Keucher. “A lot of our college seminarians today went to Bishop Bruté Days at one time or another. It clearly is a tree that is bearing a lot of fruit.”

Bishop Bruté Days will begin at 9 a.m. for high school students and at noon for seventh- and eighth-graders. There is no cost for participation, but those wanting to attend are asked to register at www.HearGodsCall.com/bishop-brute-days. †

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