As part of the Jubilee of the Homeless currently being celebrated in Rome, a group from the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Caritas branch led by Fr Michael White had lunch at the Venerable English College today, followed by a guided tour of the seminary. The first photo shows the group in the College church with four of our students from Birmingham, while the other photo shows College Guestmaster Ryan Service (also a Birmingham student) tell the group about the College's rich history.
As part of his celebration to mark 60 years of priesthood, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Rector of the College and previous archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, joined the College community for mass and lunch today. During lunch, current Rector, Mgr Philip Whitmore, thanked and congratulated the Cardinal before giving him a gift containing a replica of the College.
The eagerly awaited 2016 edition of The Venerabile was launched after the College mass this evening. The Venerabile is the College's annual publication featuring scholarly articles on subjects relevant to the College, and news of the College and its alumni from the past year. Popular sections include The Year in Pictures, leavers' profiles and an amusingly insightful account of the year by a mystery diarist. Photo shows part of the Venerabile team: editor Peter Taylor (middle), secretary Dominic Jenkinson (left) and business manager Albert Lawes (right). More details on The Venerabile page.
Please pray for our four new deacons; Elliott Wright (Leeds), Peter Stoddart (Hexham and Newcastle), Mark Paver (Salford) and Andrew Bowden (Westminster). They were ordained by Archbishop Paul Gallagher on Wednesday 13 July at Our Lady of the Snows, Palazzola.
Please pray for our four new acolytes who were instituted today (Sunday, 10 July 2016) by Cardinal George Pell in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows at Villa Palazzola. Our new acolytes are Albert Lawes (Plymouth), Haris Roberts (Nottingham), Peter Taylor (Middlesbrough) and Michael Vian Clark (Plymouth).
In an informal meal at this year's Villeggiatura on 8 July 2016, the College bade a fond farewell to the students and members of staff going to pastures new this summer. Rector Mgr Philip Whitmore paid tribute to all the leavers while Rev David Howell spoke on behalf of the other students. Senior Student and deacon-to-be Mark Paver also presented Fr Mark Harold (outgoing Vice Rector) and Fr Bruce Burbidge (outgoing Academic Tutor) with gifts as tokens of appreciation from the whole student body.
On Sunday, 3 July 2016, six seminarians of the Venerable English College were instituted to the Ministry of Lector by Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth at Villa Palazzola. The Ministry of Lector (or Reader) is the first ministry a seminarian receives during his time in seminary. Please pray for Alexander Bazanella (Westminster), Dominic Jenkinson (Hallam), Matthew King (Portsmouth), Hai Nguyen (Oslo), Josef Ottersen (Oslo) and Piotr Wygnanski (East Anglia) as they begin their new ministry.
On Sunday, 19 June 2016, the Venerable English College welcomed the students and staff of St John's Seminary for a historic visit. St John's is one of the three "home" seminaries for England and Wales and the visit to the VEC is part of their pilgrimage to Rome which they are making to celebrate their 125th anniversary as a seminary.
In observance of the Marian month of May, the College held a Marian procession this evening (19 May 2016). Seminarians and members of staff recited the Rosary as they walked to five Marian sites in their locality, beginning with a painting of the Crucifixion at the crypt of the College church and ending at an icon of Our Lady in Campo dei Fiori. At each site, Fr Anthony Doe (resident spiritual director) gave a brief reflection while a student provided a reading.
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.