During the first two weeks of the year, as is usually the case at Oscott, the community goes on recollection for a weekend. While other year groups visited places like Holywell, my year group went to Douai Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Berkshire. It was a wonderful experience, led by Liverpool’s very own Father Andrew Robinson, who is on the formation staff here.
The recollection was focused on the Ministry of Lector, which I’m hoping to receive this academic year. As a lector I will have a special responsibility of proclaiming the Word of God liturgically and by my way of life. I really enjoyed meeting the monks at the abbey. It’s a beautiful place and definitely worth a visit.
After the recollection, things resumed here as usual. This year’s lecture timetable is much busier and, as a result, there are more assignments. Nevertheless, I am appreciating the new material that we are covering. So often in class I get what I call ‘wow’ moments, when I hear something about the faith that is so profound. I’m very fortunate to be taught by brilliant lecturers, who are truly experts in their field.
In late September, together with Hugh Donleavy, our other Liverpool seminarian at Oscott, I made a trip back home for a Synod Meeting in Wigan. What a brilliant day it was, hearing about the themes that will form the basis of our Synod for the next few months. I returned to college feeling optimistic about the future of our Archdiocese. Let’s continue to pray and discern during our Synod process, that God will make us into the Church that He is calling us to be.
More recently, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, the titular feast of our college. The celebrations included a Solemn Mass, celebrated by Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham followed by a lunch attended by a number of guests connected with the College. We are already preparing for future events, including our Advent Carol Service on 9 December, which you are all most welcome to attend (see our website for details: www.oscott.net).