Every virtue is like a middle point between excess and defect.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God

St. Gregory of Nyssa, De beatitudinibus

Want to grow in virtue this Lent? Beginning February 27, Dcn. Will and fellow Austin Seminarians will publish a series of weekly audio podcasts on the Seven Deadly (Capital) Sins and how, with God’s grace, we can work to replace them with virtue in our lives. To sign up to receive these weekly episodes by email text VIRTUE to 84576

You can subscribe on your favorite podcast player. You can also find the list of episodes below (updated each week with the links as the episodes become available):

  • #1 – Vice Precedence (Pride)
  • #2 – Vice Grips (Envy)
  • #3 – This Episode is More Vicious than Every Other Episode (Vainglory)
  • #4 – Vice Potato (Sloth)
  • #5 – All that glitters is not gold (Avarice)
  • #6 – Untamed Virtue (Anger)
  • #7 – Vice Cream (Gluttony)
  • #8 – Vice, Vice, Baby (Lust)

Published by Fr. Will Rooney

Fr. Will Rooney was baptized at St. Anthony’s Parish in Bryan, TX where his parents had been married. He has two younger brothers, David and Travis. Will received his First Communion at St. Anthony’s and around that time began to think about becoming a priest. Will was confirmed at St. Thomas Aquinas in May 2006. During high school, he actively participated in the parish youth group and was involved in robotics competitions. He and his brothers also raised poultry for 4-H and FFA projects. Upon graduation from A&M Consolidated High School in 2009, Will studied Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, he worked as a Middle School youth minister and felt a growing desire toward the priesthood. In his senior year at A&M, he decided to apply for seminary, was accepted, and began attending Holy Trinity Seminary for pre-theology after he graduated. Two years later, Will was sent to St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston for theological studies. He served his pastoral year at St. Louis, King of France, Catholic Church and School in Austin (2017-2018). He was ordained to the Diaconate May 18, 2019, and served his deacon year at Our Lady of the Visitation in Lockhart, TX. He was ordained to the priesthood June 27, 2020 currently ministers at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin.

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  1. Thank you for your continued encouragement. I know God blessed us with you and fellow your seminarians. I smile each timeI see your picture, know we think and pray for you often. God bless y’all.


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