On Wednesday 4 October the College was joined by over 50 of the Friends of the Venerabile for Mass and supper. The Friends pray for the College students and provide funding for a series of projects which in recent years have included a car for student use, the resurfacing of the tennis courts at Palazzola and the upholstering of the sofas in the Common Room.
On the sixth and final day of our pilgrimage, we went to Istanbul where we visited St Sophie (Aya Sofya) Museum and the Topkapi Palace. We closed the pilgrimage with a mass at the Church of Santa Maria Draperis which is one of the most ancient Roman Catholic parishes of Istanbul. We thank Canon Mervyn Tower and Mine Gezen for directing and guiding our pilgrimage to Turkey, and Nicholas and Pamela Coote and the Friends of the Venerabile for making the pilgrimage possible.
On the fifth day of our pilgrimage, we visited the most important of the Seven Churches of Revelation: Ephesus, where St Paul lived for some years and where, in 431, the Council of Ephesus honoured Mary with the title Theotokos (God Bearer). We visited the Celcius Library, the Great Theatre, the Basilica of St John and the house where, according to tradition, Mary lived with St John.
Day 4 of our pilgrimage to the Seven Churches of Revelation. We visited the Hierapolis Archaeological Site. In addition to interesting classical ruins, the site offered a thermal Sacred Pool, a view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale, and a museum. Other highlights included the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre and the Martyrium of St Philip.
On Day 3 of our pilgrimage, we visited three of the Seven Churches of Revelation. We started with the site of Thyatira in the town of Akhisar, then to Sardis to see the famous temple of Artemis, the ruins of the Byzantine Church and the Synagogue. The third church was Alasehir in Philadelphia where very few ruins are visible today.
We spent Day 2 of our pilgrimage to the Seven Churches in Pergamum. Travelling via cable car, we visited Acropolis to see the Great Theatre built into the hillside and extended upwards, Temple of Athena, Agora and Altar of Zeus. We also went to see the medical centre of Pergamum, Asclepieum.
On the first day of our pilgrimage to the Seven Churches of Revelation in Turkey, we visited the Church of St Polycarp where we were welcomed by the Archbishop Lorenzo Piretto of Izmir. We also celebrated mass at St John's Cathedral.
A few images from our informal Saint George's Day celebration.
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.)
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.
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.