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Social Manual for Seminarians
by Reverend Thomas F. Casey and Reverend Leo C. Gainor, O.P. Foreword by Richard Cardinal Cushing

Code: 0912141743
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds

“Intended primarily for seminarians, but it would be of great help to priests as well.”

Continued the venerable Homiletic and Pastoral Review in 1963:

“Every rectory should have one copy; every seminary should have a few copies at least. However, ordinandi would be getting off easy at the Sale Price, and would be well advised to get their own copies well in advance of their first solemn Mass. This chapter alone is invaluable.”

Homiletic did not say, but could have, that most of the chapters in this book could also help Catholic men from all walks of life:

Table Manners
Proper Training
Annoying Habits
The Conventionality of Eating
Waiting on Table
Telephone Usage
When Sickness Comes
The Automobile
When the Ladies are Present
Good Manners and Action
Your First Solemn Mass
18. For example:

The importance of clean clothes and general hygiene
Hair grooming (not styling), fingernails, shaving, and bathing
Dressing: places where casual attire is proper, and where it is not; clean and pressed clothing
Keeping rooms neat
How to walk properly; how to stand
How to sit and where one may sit down
“Custody of the eyes” with regard to women
Good listening in conversation; the do’s and don’ts of a conversationalist
Unmentionable bad habits
Bad laughing and other dead giveaways to boorishness
The four scourges of bad table manners
A detailed quiz—more than 50 questions—at book’s end will test true aptitude and disposition.

Your Room

Keep your room neat and orderly. Dispose of things not needed. Your desk, table, books, and papers should be systematically grouped, not a jumble of disorderliness. Get accustomed to using paper clips or rubber bands to keep related papers together. Use folders or a file system for permanent records.


1. Don’t correct another’s grammar or pronunciation in public, not even indirectly.

2. Don’t say, “Stop me if you’ve heard this…” because no one ever will stop you, even if it is a twice-told tale.

3. Don’t say “huh?” or “What?” or “Pardon me?” when you mean “What did you say?” or “Sorry, I didn’t hear what you said.”

4. Don’t use a lot of Latin words or foreign phrases.

5. Don’t give secondhand opinions without crediting their source.

6. Don’t be a “know-it-all,” a “show-off,” a clown, or a quipster.

7. Don’t constantly remind your bald-headed or your heavier brethren of their plight.

Table Manners

When eating, the idea is to do it neatly, quietly, and all but incidentally. If anything bothers you about table manners, put the question to these three tests. If the technique

1) makes a mess,
2) makes a noise,
3) calls attention to the fact that you are determined to stuff yourself, it’s bad manners.


Apologies: Leave them at home…. do the best you can without flagellating yourself.


Keep it under control.

Give it when asked, but don’t be too free with it.

If you bet on your game, pay up immediately.


The first rule, both of charity and of good manners, for your correspondence is, “Every letter that requires an answer should be answered promptly.”




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