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Seven Diocesan Seminarians Receive Cassocks

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On Saturday, October 30, 2010, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia celebrated Cassock Day, when first-year seminarians receive their cassocks to wear on campus. Thirty–two seminarians from eight Dioceses were among those receiving the clerical robes.

The Diocese of Raleigh had seven seminarians receiving their cassocks this year: Marlon Mendieta, Steven Cartwright, John Kane, Brian Wright, Tim Ahn, Myles Casanova and Jimmy Magee.

The black cassock worn by seminarians and priests is a long, close fitting, ankle-length robe and takes its origin from the tunic that was worn under the toga in classical antiquity. The color of the cassock differs for Cardinals, Bishops, and Monsignors when serving at liturgies. When at non-liturgical functions, a Cardinal, Bishop or Monsignor may don a black cassock with colored buttons, trimmings and sash that represent their title. The Holy Father wears a white cassock.

Above: (front row) Deacon Brendan Buckler, Msgr. John Williams, Father Shaun Mahoney (Rector),  Father Joseph Bongard (Vice Rector), Father Ned Shlesinger; (second row) Marlon Mendieta, Steven Cartwright, John Kane, Brian Wright; (third row) Tim Ahn, Myles Casanova, Jimmy Magee. (Photo courtesy of S. Webb Photography)