Department jobs let a seminarian help the community while also learning a skill useful for his future ministry. As in the parable of the talents, he that is faithful in lesser things proves that he can be trusted with the greater matters of the priesthood. Seminarians usually start with a less important job and gradually advance to a position with more authority and responsibility. Thus they acquire experience in organization and leadership for the day when they must manage parishes.
Responsibilities of each department can be quite heavy. Here are some of the various departments and their responsibilities:
- The Sacristy Department must maintain twelve separate altars, plus Mass linens, vestments, and sacred vessels for the many priests at the Seminary.
- The MC Department trains all seminarians to serve and assist at Holy Mass, Benediction, Divine Office, and other liturgical functions.
- The Schola and Organ Departments are responsible for the beauty of the sacred music in the liturgy.
- The Infirmary Department provides care and medical attention to any sick or injured seminarians.
- The Guest Department makes sure that visitors are comfortable.
- The Grounds Department works year round caring for the Seminary’s extensive property.
- The Garden Department provides many of the fruits and vegetables at Seminary meals.
- The Wood Department furnishes the firewood to heat the Seminary building through the long Minnesota winters.
- The Computer Department maintains the Seminary computers and network, and assists priests and seminarians with computer questions and troubleshooting.
- The Library Department maintains the Seminary library and assists priests and seminarians with using the library and checking out books.
- The Auto Department works on and maintains the priests' vehicles, which are often used for mission runs.
- The Art Department does a wide variety of tasks applying their artistic skills to create or repair a variety of works of art.
- There are many other departments. In fact, there is even a Dog Department, to ensure the health and happiness of Gypsy, the seminary’s German Shepherd.