Seminarian Council

Assisting at Convivium Dinner AuctionThe purpose of the Seminarian Council at Cardinal Glennon College is to provide leadership and service whereby the seminarians assist one another in their growth as individuals and as a community. All seminarians are members of the council which seeks to encourage unity and responsibility.

The Seminarian Council consists of the Officers of the Executive Council who are elected for a one-year term, the Commissioners who are appointed for a one-year term, and all other members of the Cardinal Glennon College community.

The Executive Council

The Executive Council consists of three elected positions: President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. The Executive Council:

  • coordinates and supervises the student activities of the Cardinal Glennon community
  • oversees the budgeting process, the allocation of funds, and the proper use of those funds
  • coordinates the nomination process for all Commissioners, and, with the approval of the College Vice-Rector, appoints these positions.
  • assists the Vice-Rector of Cardinal Glennon College and the College Formation Staff in various aspects of seminary life  
  • serves in office for one year, beginning with the day of their election in the spring semester 

The duties and responsibilities of each office of the Executive Council follow:

President:

  • presides at Seminarian Council meetings and facilitates discussion during those forums
  • represents the entire student body for official business with the community at-large
  • serves as a liaison between the Vice-Rector of Cardinal Glennon College and the seminary community to ensure effective communication
  • coordinates meetings with the other members of the Executive Council to plan agenda items for each Seminarian Council meeting
  • serves as (or, with the approval of the Vice-Rector, appoints an assistant who serves as) Infirmarian to assist in caring for the sick and to serve as a liaison with the Seminary Nurse 

Vice-President:

  • assists the President in fulfilling his duties
  • participates in Seminarian Council meetings, and, in the absence of the President, serves as President
  • is responsible for keeping the rules of order at Seminarian Council meetings
  • is responsible for all elections
  • is responsible, in the event of any tie votes during meetings or in elections, to cast the tie-breaking vote
  • assumes the duties of President when, for whatever reason, the President is unable to continue in office
  • supervises the weekly Work Order program to ensure that each seminarian is performing his assigned tasks sufficiently
  • is responsible for noting any damage or maintenance issues of the seminary and ensures that those issues are addressed
  • serves as (or, with the approval of the Vice-Rector, appoints an assistant who serves as) Kitchen Coordinator to assist special events in the dining room, including the assignment of waiters and dishwashers

Secretary-Treasurer:

  • assists the President and Vice-President in fulfilling their duties
  • coordinates all financial matters and keeps accurate financial records of all expenditures
  • serves as Secretary at all Seminarian Council meetings by keeping detailed and accurate minutes which are published in a timely manner after each meeting
  • is responsible for all correspondence
  • serves as (or, with the approval of the Vice-Rector, appoints an assistant who serves as) Communications Coordinator to provide photographs, video and updated texts for the Cardinal Glennon College website and other promotional materials

Commissioners

The nomination process for Commissioners is coordinated by the Executive Council after spring elections. With the final approval of the Vice-Rector, all Commissioners are appointed by the Executive Council to serve for one year. Commissioners desiring funds for the year are asked to submit a budget to the Executive Council for approval. The duties and responsibilities of each Commissioner follow:

Master of Ceremonies:May Crowning

  • is responsible for the training and supervising of all ministers of Holy Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Benediction, and other common liturgical prayer
  • in collaboration with the Director of Worship, schedules and publishes a calendar of daily liturgical assignments, including Days of Recollection and Retreat
    • in collaboration with the Commissioner of Liturgical Music, oversees Liturgical planning and assists seminarians to assure that daily planning sheets are completed in a timely manner
    • serves as Master of Ceremonies in liturgical ceremonies when needed

Liturgical Music:

  • Seminary Choirschedules seminarians as Cantors and Musicians for daily liturgical celebrations
  • encourages those with musical talent and knowledge to volunteer their time in music and song to enhance the seminary’s liturgies
  • suggests music selections for weekly Liturgical Music practice
  • solicits volunteers for the Seminary Schola
  • in collaboration with the Master of Ceremonies, assists seminarians to assure that daily liturgies are planned in a timely manner

Head Sacristan:

  • oversees the maintenance of St. Charles Chapel and the sacristy
  • recruits and trains seminarians to assist as sacristans
  • supervises and assists the crew members assigned to the Chapel and Sacristy as a Work Order
  • provides for the liturgical needs of the community outside of the seminary (for example, the Annual Retreat)
  • assists, when needed, the Head Sacristan of St. Joseph Chapel
  • coordinates with the Director of Worship to assure sufficient supplies (altar bread, wine, candles, etc.)
  • is responsible for the laundering of all altar linens
  • coordinates with the Director of Worship in decorating the Chapel

Transportation Commissioner: 

  • schedules transportation to and from classes
  • recruits and trains seminarians to drive the vans
  • supervises and assists the crew members assigned to the vehicles as a Work Order
  • is responsible for fueling the vehicles
  • is responsible for noting any damage or maintenance issues for the vehicles and ensures that those issues are addressed
  • supervises the policies regarding personal use of seminary vehicles

Gaud Master:

  • promotes social activities to foster community life
  • serves as (or, with the approval of the VIce-Rector, appoints an assistant who serves as) coordinator for athletic activities, including Intramurals
  • coordinates the preparation and cleanup after all Gaud activities
  • prepares a calendar of scheduled Gaud activities
  • solicits ideas for unscheduled Gauds throughout the year

Apostolic Life Commissioner:

  • March for Lifecoordinates the College Seminary’s involvement in pro-life activities, for example, the Annual Respect Life Convention and March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  • promotes activities in which seminarians may witness to the cause of life
  • promote and coordinates activities in which seminarians are asked to give volunteer service (outside of required Apostolic Service)
  • serves as the contact person with the Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate

Vocations Commissioner:

  • in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations, coordinates activities which foster priestly vocations, including the Come and See Weekends and the monthly St. John Gabriel meetings
  • solicits volunteers and schedules seminarians to assist at events which foster priestly vocations, including the Come and See Weekends and the monthly St. John Gabriel meetings
  • in collaboration with the Director of Vocations and the College Vice-Rector, coordinates the schedule for seminarians’ participation in the spring Vocation Days and the summer Kenrick-Glennon Days Vocation camp
  • serves as Guest Master to coordinate the needs of those who visit the seminary

Elections and Appointments

Election of Executive Council

The members of the Executive Council are elected in the spring semester (preferably in April), no sooner than six weeks and no later than two weeks before the end of the academic year. All Juniors and Seniors are eligible for nomination (by self or by another) for the office of President and Vice-President. All Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible for nomination (by self or by another) for the Office of Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to the election, all nominations must be confirmed by the candidate and are subject to approval by the Vice-Rector of Cardinal Glennon College (Seminarians who are on academic or disciplinary probation are ineligible). A seminarian may accept nomination for only one office.   

After the nomination process is concluded and if more than two individuals are nominated for an office, a PRIMARY ELECTION will be held at least one day prior to the official election. A special meeting of the community is called and, by secret ballot, each member of the seminary community in attendance (except members of the Senior class and any man who is withdrawing from the College at the end of the semester) votes for one nominee whom he finds the most qualified to fulfill the duties of the Office. The two nominees with the most votes are declared the candidates.

On the designated election day, a ballot is prepared with the names of the candidates who were nominated for the Offices of President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. By secret ballot, each member of the seminary community in attendance (except members of the Senior class and any man who is withdrawing from the College at the end of the semester) votes for one nominee whom he finds the most qualified to fulfill each Office. After the voting is completed and tabulated, the candidates with the most votes are declared the winners. In the event of a tie vote, the current Vice-President will confer with the Vice-Rector and, after his approval, will select the winner. Those who are elected serve in office for one year, beginning with the day of their election.

Appointment of Commissioners

Soon after their election, the new Executive Council will meet to determine the process of soliciting names of those seminarians who are interested in serving in leadership positions in the various Commissions. Nominations for Commissioners may be by oneself or by another. After the nomination process is completed, the Executive Council will meet with the Vice-Rector of Cardinal Glennon College to discuss the appointments. With the final approval of the Vice-Rector, Commissioners will be appointed by the Executive Council to serve for one year.