A new year always brings significant changes to a community as some leave and others arrive. In many ways, each year starts with a new community. This year is no different. We have said farewell to Fr Dan Fitzpatrick who has served the community for the past ten years as Vice-Rector and then as Rector. Fr Jim Walls also left after four years as Spiritual Director.
Sr Magdalene was solemnly professed as a sister of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception and will be appointed to one of the sister’s missions in Kenya.
Fr Bobby Taylor completed his studies in Canon Law and will now serve at home along with two of the priests ordained over the summer, Fr Kevin Rennie and Fr Edward Toner. Other seminarians decided not to return this year and will continue to discern their vocation and the direction in life that the Lord wishes for them.
We will welcome three men into first year at the college and we look forward to their arrival. Fr Rogi Thomas will move from being academic tutor to taking on the responsibility of being the principal source of Spiritual Accompaniment for the College community. Fr Malcolm Hutchison and Fr Josh Moir will join the community as postgraduate priests.
As the new Rector of the college, I look forward to being part of this community with my own responsibilities in the formation team.
We hope that you will follow our progress through the coming year. We ask you to pray for us as we take up our individual roles in this formative community: that each of us, through the experience of living in community, will grow ever more into the people the Lord is calling us to be.
Rector, Pontifical Scots College
Fr Mark Cassidy