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.
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.