Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Catching Up...

Life at your favorite Seminary has been so hectic as of late that I have been unable to keep up with the blog!  My apologies!  So here's a brief recap of some of recent events.

Father Chris O'Connor, Monsignor Marc Caron, Father Jim Conn, SJ, Dr. Christa Klein and I were at the annual meeting of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools last weekend. This is the place where Catholic Seminaries come together, in this case, to discuss the new Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis and the Program for Priestly Formation (sixth edition) which will soon follow.

We heard a day of presentations by Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy. The Archbishop spoke to us about the new Ratio.

On the last day I attended a meeting of Seminary Rectors with Bishop Earl Boyea. On behalf of the Committee on Clergy and Consecrated Life, Bishop Boyea is chairing the writing Committee for the revision of PPF6.


Each year begins with an early morning Fire Drill.  I've often been struck by the beauty of all the rooms blinking on and off as the alarms go off in the courtyard.  This video (at 5am in the morning!) was quickly followed by a long line of bleary-eyed seminarians!  The drill went perfectly!

We have also had a meeting of our wonder Trustees, who for four hours deliberated the most pressing challenges our Seminary faces. I am so grateful to each and every one of them!

This evening our resident Priest Faculty will join the Jesuit community at Saint Mary's Hall at Boston College.  In the Fall they are kind enough to invite us to dinner and in the spring we return the favor at SJS.  What a wonderful group of scholars and priests!