Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Welcome Visit

Today a welcome visit from Fr Bruce Burbidge. Fr Bruce is the philosophy prof at the English College in Rome. The Venerabile Collegio Inglese is one of two remaining English seminaries on the Continent, the other one being the Real Colegio de los Ingleses, in Valladolid, Spain.
They both date back to the time of the protestant Reformation when simply being a priest was a capital offence in England. Forty-four students of the seminary in Rome were martyred on their return to England. Yet they and their colleagues returned willingly in order to bring the Mass and Confession to the Catholics of England.
These days the course in Rome takes seven years to complete: two years' philosophy, three years' theology, and a further two (sometimes three) years' specialisation leading to a 'Licence' (the ecclesiastical equivalent of a Masters degree).
In recent years the college in Spain has developed a Propadeutic Year introducing students to seminary life. It has become increasingly popular among the dioceses of England and Wales and this year Southwark will be sending three students there.

7 comments:

MedicodelaPaz said...

Fr Stephen,

Sorry for my bad English, Spaniards usually talk in another language from yours... And it is difficult for us to express our feelings in the way Shakespeare did.

I usually read your blog and I like it a lot. You have to write the Spanish Version for those in our Kingdoom wishing to join the Roman Catholic Church...

Can we go to the Seminary in Valladolid?

Yours faithfully...

Medico de la Paz, a friend of Don Fulgencio Espa.

PLEASE CONTINUE WITH YOUR BLOG!!!

Fr Stephen said...

Hello Medicodelapaz
Thanks for your comments and encouragement. You'll have to get Ful to be more constant with his blog - he has skipped a few days!
Haz te cura!
:o)

William Walter said...

Hi Fr Stephen,

The Valladolid Propadeutic Year Blog is now up and running. Check out http://www.williamgoestoseminary.blogspot.com.

I have recently added a toolbar which allows readers to be notified by email whenever the Blog is updated. You might like to add a similar feature to yours.

Regards,

William

Fr Stephen said...

Hi William
Thanks for that. It will be good to have news of what's happening in Spain - although you will make us all jealous. I know we can rely on you to keep the tone positive and inspiring.
We'll keep you all in our prayers.
Fr Stephen

William Walter said...

Subtle hints there, Fr Stephen?!

Fr Stephen said...

I'm sure you don't need them...

MedicodelaPaz said...

Fr Stephen,

Sorry for my delay... This month of august I have been in Poland with Fr Fulgencio, and in France with my family...

Maybe thinking about becoming a priest with the family in my case is not the best way to decide of "HAZ TE CURA"
I have enjoyed myself a lot, having dinner in the best restaurants of Bretagne and living in a XVI century castle, it has been a very good oportunity to perfectionate my bad french...

Apart from that I have joined again the Hospital. I work in La Paz Hospital, one of the biggest in Europe... It covers a population more than 1.300.000 patients. It is huge and a very good Hospital.

If you come to Spain let us know to invite you to a beer in Madrid or maybe to join a Pilgrimage to "Guadalupe" with thousands of young Spaniards. I will be one of the Doctors covering this long walk to one of the prettiest Spanish Monasteries...

If you want to join us and have a different holiday please let us know, you will be healthier, I promise that... I will be the doctor...

And now working more than 100 hours per week, OH in France they tend to work 35 hours per week and look at my Hospital!!!... Only in the Hospital, more exactly this week I will work 112 hours... Apart from that my job in the University...
Not the better way to think of a vocation, what do you think?

I will ask you to pray for a friend of mine that is thinking to join the Seminary, he is 29 years old and he is doubting to join or not to join...

I will soon speak to the man that is in chief of the young wishing to join the seminary... Maybe this way I can help my friend.

Yours faithfully.

medicodelapaz