Monday, July 29, 2013

This Week at SJS

All sorts of activity at Saint John’s as July turns to August this week and we get ready for the return of the community in just a few weeks.

I flew to Pittsburgh today to meet with Dr. Dan Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools.  “More than 270 graduate schools of theology in the United States and Canada form The Association of Theological Schools. Member schools conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines."

Renovations of the Business Office and the Crypt were completed this week.  Faculty storage has been relocated from the residence corridors to the crypt in order to free up enough rooms for the increased number of seminarians this fall.

Speaking of which, we accepted six new seminarians last week and have five interviews scheduled for this week.

Thursday night is the annual Vianney Dinner for Boston alumni with Cardinal O’Malley.  We expect several hundred priests for this great event!

We received word this morning that our new tabernacle has been delayed due to additional work required on detailing the columns and windows on this reproduction of Bramante’s Tempietto.  The tabernacle is now scheduled to be installed in early October.  It is shaping up to be a magnificent work of art and is worth the wait of a few more weeks!

Finally, we just received a picture of Jim Davila and Mark Olejnik who are walking the “Camino” or “Way of Saint James”, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where the Apostle Saint James is buried.  Look closely and you will see that both our noble pilgrims are wearing the traditional pilgrim’s shell.   students and employ more than 7,200 faculty and administrators.