The attached picture to this blog entry is the inside view of the Immaculate Conception Chapel where often the Mount Saint Mary Seminary community has their morning Mass. This chapel/University Church comfortably holds 200 people and as you can see has recently received a fresh coat of paint. It is a very prayerful and beautiful spot to quietly visit with our Lord.
Father Gregory Galvin
The picture shown along with this brief blog shows the main building of the seminary of Mount Saint Mary where two of our Norwich Seminarians are studying. Both Jeff Ellis and Peter Langevin are in their second year of theological studies. They both are doing very well and staying busy with studies and extra curricular activities that in some way serve the greater good of the community here at The Mount! There are presently 165 men studying here including those who are in there first two years of philosophy studies.
Seen in the accompanying picture is the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception which is used at Mount Saint Mary University and the Seminary community as well. Recently, the interior of the Chapel went through a restoration and paint job, and then this past summer during a severe storm the bell tower which you see covered in blue tarp was struck by lightening which caused a fire. The repairs to the interior of the tower are ongoing at this time but as you can see it is a beautiful building.
Seminarian Peter Langevin is seen in the accompanying picture leading the Latin Schola in a rehearsal the night before they are to lead the seminary community in chanting different parts of morning Mass which was actually this morning at 7am. Peter has become this year the lead cantor at the seminary and his passion and love of the liturgy and for Gregorian chant is very evident.
After celebrating the Masses at yesterday at Saint Bridget in Moodus, enjoying a quick lunch with two college students and then driving about six and a half hours with one stop for a small supper and one for gas, I arrived safely at "The Mount" last evening around nine o'clock. Both Jeff and Peter took a break from their studies as we visited a bit and then a good nights sleep.
After a weekend that included giving one confirmation retreat, offering four Sunday Masses at the parish I am covering, attending a Catholic men's meat and greet night, which was a great experience with lot's of food and fun, and attending a Knights of Columbus sponsored seminarian scholarship dinner Sunday afternoon, the week could not start off any better.
Starting tonight I enter into another very active weekend. Tonight I will be visiting with a UCONN Student. Saturday from 9-2pm I will be giving a Confirmation Retreat to about 30 high school students in the Old Lyme area of Connecticut and then returning for confessions and a vigil Mass at Saint Bridget parish in Moodus. After visiting with long time friends, the Donohue family Saturday night, Sunday will be taken with three morning Masses at Saint Bridget and then Sunday afternoon a Seminarian Scholarship Fund raising supper of Prime Rib also at Saint Bridget's.
That's right! Tonight at Saint Mary Church in Baltic Connecticut from 7pm -8pm Bishop Cote will lead the monthly holy hour for vocations. Come with your family, bring a friend or come by yourself. It is a beautifully prayed hour which includes the recitation of the rosary and the litany of our diocesan parish patrons. Come early and return home in time for whatever you need to do to night but make this a priority if you want the Eucharist and other sacraments in the future. Can you give The Lord one hour tonight?
This afternoon I had the honor to attend a gathering sponsored by the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich. This Annual Columbus Day Banquet honors each year an Italian of the year and this year Msgr. Anthony S. Rosaforte, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, received the award. In the presence of over 500 guests, after a wonderful luncheon and several different awards presented to Father Tony, he then finally was aloud the podium and the microphone.