Tomorrow, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, marks the second anniversary of the groundbreaking for the new seminary. When I look back two years ago, I remember being in the midst of a suffering Church. Faced with unspeakable injustices, we were focused on building a seminary that would form men into holy priests who could protect and defend the Church.
Recurring terrible weather put our groundbreaking ceremony on hold, until finally a reprieve from the storm allowed us to break ground on September 15th. Our Lady, who wept for our Church, would bless us through her intercession as we attempted to provide her with good and holy priests.
Now, two years later, we prepare to officially cut the ribbon and bless the seminary that stands today – a structure that was built in times of sorrow, but now stands as a beacon of beauty and hope for our Church today.
One of the great thing about the seminary is we have a built-in workforce; we take the spirit of St. Benedict seriously when he adapted Ora et Labora. Randall Romie, a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace, volunteered his services as a landscape architect. He designed some plantings in preparation for our seminary blessing and we set about to fulfill those plans. We prayed and worked from 8:30 to 8:30 and toward the end of the day we had a lovely little sign of Divine favor (the rainbow). I think He is pleased. It was a glorious day, and we look forward to many more glorious years under the intercession of our Blessed Mother.