Seminarians studying at the North American College in Rome are not able to go to their homes for Christmas until they are ordained a deacon or a priest. So, I began thinking about where I would feel the closest to home. The first place that came to mind was somewhere which had family, english speaking people, and snow. Well, I was able to experience all of these in a greater or lesser amount this Christmas in England.
Some of you may remember meeting an English seminarian friend of mine studying in Rome who came to visit Michigan this past summer, his name: David Irwin. He is directly to the Bishop's right in the first picture below. He kindly hosted myself and another Michigan seminarian Jeff Hanley of the diocese of Kalamazoo. The stay in England ended up being full of wonderful blessings of which one of the first was serving midnight Mass at the Shrewsbury Cathedral for David's bishop, His Excellency Bishop Marc Davies. Bishop Davies was an amazingly generous host and a holy and humble man. I will save the rest of the comments for the captions under the pictures. But first I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the Lord bless you abundantly through the intercession of our patron, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Know of my prayers always, please continue to pray for us men in formation. We count on them. Ave Maria!
|Shrewsbury Cathedral: Mary and Joseph by Pugin|
|Here is a shot of me and another seminarian from Denver who we met up with at the place we were staying at in London. Behind us is the parliament building.|
|This is a picture of 4 of us seminarians before the Altar at Westminster Cathedral in London. Pope Benedict XVI said Mass there when he visited in 2010.|
|Picture of us driving on the wrong side of the road... oh wait, the right side... oh wait, the left side which is the correct side. Wow, so confusing.|