Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Yesterday I was in Birmingham for a meeting of the Pontifical Development Group at the Maryvale Institute. The special guest was Archbishop Michael Miller, Secretary of the Congregation for Education in Rome. The Archbishop was very appreciative of the work of Maryvale and of its fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. He encouraged us to forge closer links with the Holy See by seeking accreditation as an Institute with one of the Pontifical Universities.
I sat at lunch with Archbishop Miller, whose congregation is also responsible for vocations and for seminaries. He was particularly interested in the number of vocations we have in the diocese, asking questions about their age, previous academic formation, and family background. He also wanted to know where we sent our students and was keen to know more about the year in Spain. He had himself visited the 'spiritual year' students in Paris and was very impressed by the fact that it was both spiritually and physically demanding... I must ask the Rector in Spain to switch off the heating in the students rooms!