Last night was a big night for our new students as they performed in the New Men Show. The evening began with Vespers, followed by refreshments and supper. The evening concluded with the show itself in which the New Men showcased their diverse talents in a series of acts. The New Men Show is a traditional rite of passage by which our "New Men" transform into "First Years", making them fully fledged members of the College community.
Fr John Flynn celebrated his first Founders' Day as Vice-Rector on Sunday, 21 May 2017. Every year, we celebrate Founders' Day to remember the foundation of our College and our dual tradition of hospitality and forming priests. It is also the day on which we give recognition and thanks to all the organisations and individuals who help the College function efficiently from day to day. As is the tradition, the day was led by the College Vice-Rector. Fr John, who joined the formation staff this year, presided at Mass and formally welcomed and thanked our guests during the festal lunch that followed.
Over the Holy Week, you shared a spiritual journey with the College community as we celebrated Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil together with solemn and moving liturgies. Here is a three-minute video that captures all the beautiful moments of the Holy Week at the Venerable English College.
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
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.