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!