Sunday, November 6, 2011
A New Year
The Holy Father celebrated Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Friday evening for the beginning of the new academic year for all the Pontifical Universities. All the students and faculties of the various Pontifical Universities were invited to St. Peters to pray in Vigil for the current academic year. During Vespers, the Holy Father delivered a moving homily on the importance of study in the life of seminarians, young religious and lay men and women. Also he reminded us that each vocational calling from the Lord must also entail a foundational encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. In his homily, he also mentioned the 60th anniversary of Serra International which was found in the US to promote vocations and to assist seminarians financially around the world.
Friday also was the liturgical memorial of St. Charles Borremeo. St. Charles is the patron saint of seminaries and seminarians.