Letters from Seminary

Father William Burmester

Father William Burmester was ordained on May 27, 2017. He now serves as a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock. He wrote the following articles as part of the Letters from Seminary series in Arkansas Catholic during his formation for the priesthood. These columns may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher. To learn more, Contact Us.


Column 1: Acceptance of God's love is key to peace — Aug. 18, 2012

Column 2: Love for God, courage, energy required on path to priesthood — Nov. 17, 2012

Column 3: I procrastinate? Seeing my weaknesses as moments of grace — Feb. 16, 2013

Column 4: In suffering and pain, we acknowledge dependence on God — May 18, 2013

Column 5: Forming my life, faith through my earthly, spiritual parents — Aug. 17, 2013

Column 6: In the silence of prayer, why can't I stay awake sometimes? — Nov. 23, 2013

Column 7: Is it possible to replace online addiction with Jesus Crush? — Jan. 18, 2014

Column 8: Spending Lenten season desiring eternal life with Jesus — April 19, 2014

Column 9: Translate God's love and then communicate it — July 19, 2014

Column 10: Jesus is who called me to discern vocation, not a priest — Oct. 18, 2014

Column 11: We must understand the crosses that friends and family have carried — Jan. 24, 2015

Column 12: Awe and reverence on display during Holy Week services — April 18, 2015

Column 13: When I knock, Jesus always answers the door — July 18, 2015

Column 14: Encounter God in the Year of Mercy by going to confession — Oct. 17, 2015

Column 15: Reflection must include struggles, areas to improve — Jan. 23, 2016

Column 16: New perspectives sought by venturing off ‘The Holy Hill’ — April 16, 2016

Column 17: Daily commitment helps seminarian handle transitions — July 16, 2016

Column 18: How to write a homily in six long, challenging steps — Oct. 15, 2016

Column 19: As an ‘intentional pilgrim,’ Europe trip more meaningful — Jan. 28, 2017


Column 20: The ‘grace of ignorance’ can lead you closer to God — April 22, 2017


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