The community has been documenting the college year so far, it’s been published in our Newsletter. Here’s a brief look at November.
4th : The College made its last pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy to the Lateran Cathedral.
6th: The community of the Pontifical Scots College gathered around the College tomb in prayer at the Campo Verano cemetery in Rome.
Following the visit to Campo Verano, the Scots College were invited by the Venerable English College to come for Mass and lunch, in order to renew the already strong bonds of fraternity that have existed between the colleges for hundreds of years.
In his welcome speech, Monsignor Whitmore, Rector of the English College, commented on the inclusion of a Scotsman in the list of English martyrs – Blessed George Douglas – and suggested that the members of both communities should ask Blessed George for his intercession while they are studying in Rome.
12th: After many years of defeat, the College came runners-up in the final of the annual Ragheed football tournament at the Irish College, losing 4-0 to the Irish. At least a celtic team won! Fr. Ragheed was an Iraqi priest who studied in Rome while he was resident at the Irish College. After finishing his studies, he returned to Iraq where he was martyred for the Faith. The tournament is a commemoration of Fr. Ragheed who loved football, and so this unites the colleges in Faith through sport. The day ended with Pizza and Solemn Vespers.
13th: The Scots, the English and the Beda colleges and other members of the English-speaking community gathered at St. Silvesto in Capite on Remembrance Sunday to celebrate Mass for those who lost their lives during wars and conflicts.
16th: The community of the Pontifical Scots College celebrated the Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland with the Veneration of her relics in the crypt chapel.
18th: Three seminarians were instituted to the ministry of Acolyte.
Charles Coyle (Motherwell), Paul Opatah (Oslo) and Ryan Black (Paisley) were told by Archbishop Leo Cushley that they will assist priests and deacons in their ministries, before he handed each of them a paten with bread that would be consecrated during the Mass. They will now be able to give Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and assist at the altar. This is the last ministry before Diaconate. Congratulations!
19th: A group from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, led by Archbishop Leo Cushley, on pilgrimage to Rome to mark the end of the Year of Mercy, came to visit the Scots College and were given a tour after they celebrated Mass in the main chapel.
23rd: Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship, made an official visit to the College, celebrating Mass and then giving a talk to the seminarians on priestly formation. He called them ‘fruits of the local church in Scotland’. He particularly enjoyed the chips we had for supper.
30th: The College community celebrated the Solemnity of St. Andrew with Holy Mass and Solemn Vespers. Some priests from back home who were celebrating special jubilees joined us to mark their anniversaries of priesthood. The night ended with a quiz, and the winners were ‘The Deplorables’ which consisted mostly of Paisley seminarians. The quiz master was also a Paisley seminarian.