- Jul 12, 2020
Ireland’s national seminary in Rome will not accept new seminarians this fall, and its future as a college seminary for the island’s trainee priests is “under review.”
To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, the seminary has released a CD of its choir singing motets and liturgical pieces.
When coronavirus struck inside Europe’s largest diocesan seminary, it upended the intense educational routine and spurred soul-searching among the nearly 130 young men studying to become Catholic priests.
The annual survey of seminarians scheduled for priestly ordination this year reveals continuing trends and suggests potential trends in the making.
For some priests and seminarians, “women represent danger, but in reality, the true danger are those men who do not have a balanced relationship with women,” said Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
Seminarians must have the “wisdom and grace” to making living through the COVID-19 pandemic a “fundamental element” of their priestly formation, according to the rector of the Royal English College of St. Alban in Valladolid.