On Tuesday 4 April 2017, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the College. He stayed for about an hour and met a good number of staff and students, as well as a delegation of Muslim leaders, in Rome with Vincent Cardinal Nichols.
The Venerable English College was the privileged guest seminary at this year's Lenten Oasis at the Pontifical Beda College. The Lenten Oasis is a tradition held on mid-Lent Sunday at which the Beda College host the staff and students of an English-speaking sister college in Rome for mass and festive lunch. Today's mass was presided by the Right Reverend Mark Davies, bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. We thank the Beda College for their hospitality and continued friendship. (Photos by the Beda College, reproduced with kind permission.)
Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries from the Congregation for the Clergy, presided at mass at the Venerable English College on the Solemnity of St Joseph (20 March 2017). He stayed for supper and met the College community afterwards, during which the seminarians had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. In reply to a question about how a priest should manage a busy workload, the archbishop said that priests and seminarians should always do the best they can and, most importantly, love what they do. He also reminded his audience that formation does not just take place in seminary, but continues even after ordination. The VEC thank Archbishop Wong for his visit and the encouragement he gave the community.
To celebrate his recent silver jubilee of episcopal ordination, the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, presided at mass at the Venerable English College on 15 February 2017. During the festal supper that followed, VEC Rector Mgr Philip Whitmore presented Cardinal Vincent with a silver replica of the College, a gift befitting a former student of the College. The event was attended by the former Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini as well as members of the drafting panel of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission.
Many congratulations to our five seminarians who were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders by Archbishop Arthur Roche in a ceremony held at the College church this evening. By receiving candidacy, Marco Egawhary, Ryan Service and John Waters from the Diocese of Birmingham; Benjamin Hilton from the Diocese of Leeds; and Francis Murphy from the Diocese of Southwark were recognised by the Church as being worthy of being ordained. Candidacy normally takes place in the fifth year of formation at the Venerable English College. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
Bishop Paul Tighe, Adjunct-Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Culture, conferred the Ministry of Acolyte upon two of our students today: Hai Nguyen (left) and Josef Ottersen (right), both from the Diocese of Oslo. The ceremony took place during the College's normal Sunday mass at 10:00 am. We congratulate our new acolytes and ask that you keep them in your prayers as they begin their new ministry.
This year's Advent Meditation took place on 10 and 11 December 2016. Guests and friends of the College enjoyed listening to members of our Schola Cantorum, as directed by Tristan Cranfield, perform pieces to accompany Scriptural readings. Matthew King, first year Theology student, devised the meditation with Tristan.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas at the Venerabile without its eagerly awaited Advent Show with its popular mix of laugh-out-loud sketches and festive musical numbers. This year's show took place on 10 and 11 December. Highlights include a seminarian's profound take on Brexit, a showstopping rendition of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" and a crowd-pleasing version of "The 12 Days of Christmas". Here are some of the photos from the joyous event.
A few photos from today's Martyrs' Day celebrations at the Venerable English College. Cardinal James Harvey, archpriest of St Paul's Outside the Walls, was the main celebrant at the solemn mass, and a festal lunch followed which was attended by friends of the College including rectors from other seminaries and professors from pontifical universities. Cardinal George Pell was also in attendance. Martyrs' Day is celebrated annually by the Venerable English College to commemorate its 44 alumni who are martyred including Ralph Sherwin who was hanged in Tyburn on this day in 1581. The celebrations will conclude tonight with the veneration of his relic.
More than 40 priests from England and Wales celebrating the 40th, 50th, or 60th anniversary of their ordination joined the College community on 24 November 2016 for mass and festal supper. The Jubilarians' Night is an annual event held at the Venerable English College in which the present and future clergymen of the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrate the joys and blessings of the priesthood together. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who celebrates 60 years of priesthood this year, presided at mass
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.