The new academic year is marked at every Papal University with the celebration of Mass of the Holy Spirit, and this year at the ‘Angelicum’ Scottish seminarians served the Mass.
The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, otherwise known as the “Angelicum”, referring to St Thomas’ nickname of the Angelic Doctor opened the academic year on Monday 17th October, with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Fr. Vivian Bolan, OP, Master of the Dominican orders Socius for North West Europe and Canada.
During his homily, Fr. Bolan preached on the Dominican Orders motto, Veritas (Truth). He said that study was the pursuit of truth. Throughout this academic year, the study that students undertake is not about individual subjects, instead it is about the gradual revelation of truth and through such a revelation, our own progress towards God.
This year, the honour to serve and deacon the Mass was given to some of the Scots College students who study at the University. Normally, the first two years of a students intellectual formation in Rome is spent at the Angelicum learning philosophy, however several members of the community in the final stages, or Licentiate part of their studies, have returned to the Angelicum this year.
One of those, Bernard Mournian from the Diocese of Motherwell, who is in his final year of study, was ordained deacon in the college in May was the deacon of the Mass.
Second Philosophy student, Edward Toner was MC, whilst his fellow 2nd year students, Joshua Moir and Kevin Rennie served the Mass along with the new men, Malcolm Hutchison and David Topping. Vice Rector, Fr. Gerald Sharkey also attended, representing the college staff.