St John’s Seminary is a place of formation for priesthood in the Catholic church serving dioceses in the south of England and Wales. Beyond its primary role it provides a valuable resource for the local church as a centre for theological study and a venue for meetings and retreats. The Seminary is located in Wonersh, near Guildford, Surrey.
News and events...
On 12 January Valentine Erhahon was ordained to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Bromley by Bishop Patrick Lynch, auxiliary bishop in Southwark. We offer Rev Valentine our congratulations and prayers.
Three more of our former Anglican students have been ordained to the priesthood recently.
Frs Nicolas von Malaise and Stuart Meyer were ordained for Southwark archdiocese in their cathedral on 19 January.
Fr John Gilbert was ordained a few weeks earlier for Plymouth diocese on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in Penzance.
Congratulations to all three. We pray that they will enjoy many years of fruitful and joyful ministry.
Here are some pictures of our recent Ordinations (also noted in the post Advent 2012). Congratulations to Revv. Sam, Simon, Tom, Paul and Harry – and thanks to Bishop Kieran Conry.
On 18 October Cardinal Godfried Danneels gave a lecture at Southwark Cathedral, marking the beginning of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The whole seminary community was able to attend, and we also had the privilege of celebrating Mass with the Cardinal. In the lecture, entitled “Vatican II – A Council Unlike Any Other”, he reflected interestingly on his own experiences of being at the Council and on its ongoing significance for the Church.
The Advent Season began with what has now become our customary Advent Service. The seasonally decorated chapel was full as over 100 visitors joined the Seminary Comunity to celebrate Evening Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent. The schola were in particularly good voice, and visitors were reminded to make good progress with the mince pies and mulled wine out of charity for those who might be tempted to eat the left overs.
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception representatives from the Seminary travelled down to Penzance for the Priestly Ordination of Fr John Gilbert. Former students joined the local choir to support the music.
The Advent Retreat was led by Fr Stephen Langridge, Vocations Director for Southwark, while the deacons-elect made their ordination retreats.
Term ended on 15th December 2012 with the ordination to the diaconate by Bishop Kieran Conry of Revv. Samuel Davey (Swk), Simon Dray (A&B), Harry Heijveld (Plym), Paul Keys (Plym), and Thomas Lynch (Swk). We were pleased to welcome many family and friends to celebrate this important day in their lives and in the life of the Church. They will minister as Deacons mainly in the Seminary Community and in the places where they exercise their weekly pastoral commitments.
To all our newly ordained -Ad multos annos!