As was common practice in the 1940s, candidates for the priesthood were sought in Catholic grade
schools and those young teenagers who felt called went off to a Preparatory Seminary, this one
being Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame, Indiana. The young seminarians began a period of
formation that profoundly transformed their lives. The training was rigorous, but kind and gentle.
The following poetry describes the spiritual development of these youngsters as they learned about
divine things, accepted them and strived to advance in stages to a closer relationship to God.
[The author recommends that the short poems be read from beginning to end as an unfolding story.]