On Saturday 21st April, the English College met Pope Francis for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace.
After Fr Rector's opening remarks, reminding the Holy Father of the three jubilees being celebrated this year, the Pope addressed staff and students. He reminded those present of the importance of love for God and neighbour as the guiding principle of their ministry, as well as the importance of authentic friendships throughout formation.
Well aware of the fate encountered by the martyr alumni of the English College, the Pope finally encouraged the seminarians to "banish fear", as he entrusted them to the care of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The Holy Father took the time to greet each of those present, all receiving a papal rosary. In return, the College gave the Pope a silver mould of the College church.
We pray that the meeting with the successor of St. Peter may further strengthen us in our efforts to serve God and our neighbour as fearlessly as our predecessors did.