The College welcomed 30 vocations directors and vocations promoters from the dioceses of England and Wales on 8 November 2017 for mass and supper. The vocations directors were in Rome for their annual conference. Photo shows them in the College church after mass with formation staff and student priests of the College.
Members of the Roman Association are in Rome this week for their annual general meeting. Yesterday (17 May 2017) the group of VEC alumni celebrated mass and enjoyed supper with current students and members of staff at the College.
Mgr Sean Healy, current chair of the Roman Association, presided at mass. In his homily, he said that he was encouraged to see the current generation of seminarians and that the tradition of training for the priesthood is still very much alive.
After supper, the Roman Association had the opportunity to examine the first volume of the Liber Ruber which lists every student that attends the VEC. In 1577, St Ralph Shewrin, our protomartyr, was the first to sign the Liber Ruber where he is recorded as saying that he was ready "today rather than tomorrow, at a sign from his superiors to go into England for helping of souls."
The Roman Association exists to foster love for alma mater and keep up old College friendships. Members support current students through prayers and substantial donations which have funded major projects such as the refurbishment of student rooms.
A group of around 30 formators from all over the world joined the College community for mass and supper on 3 Mary 2017. The formators are current participants of the Monastic Formators' Programme which aims to provide a deeper appreciation of the monastic tradition and its values among those working in the field of monastic formation. Fr Mark Butlin OSB, associate director of the programme, led the group.
The Venerable English College hosted the staff and students of the Pontifical Irish College on 27 April 2017 for mass and supper. In his speech during the meal, Mgr Philip Whitmore (VEC Rector) formally welcomed his guests and highlighted the friendship and shared history of the two colleges. Mgr Ciaran O'Carroll, Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, thanked and presented the VEC community with a gift afterwards.
On Tuesday 4 April 2017, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the College. He stayed for about an hour and met a good number of staff and students, as well as a delegation of Muslim leaders, in Rome with Vincent Cardinal Nichols.
Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries from the Congregation for the Clergy, presided at mass at the Venerable English College on the Solemnity of St Joseph (20 March 2017). He stayed for supper and met the College community afterwards, during which the seminarians had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. In reply to a question about how a priest should manage a busy workload, the archbishop said that priests and seminarians should always do the best they can and, most importantly, love what they do. He also reminded his audience that formation does not just take place in seminary, but continues even after ordination. The VEC thank Archbishop Wong for his visit and the encouragement he gave the community.
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.
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.
A round-up of events at the Venerable English College.