Following on from the positive experience of the first Propaedeutic Session in 2016, the Pontifical Scots College in Rome has again invited our small group of seminarians to join their community for their Holy Week retreat this year. A full five days of silent retreat (a new experience for some!), this takes place in a retreat house outside of Rome itself and is personally directed for each of the seminarians. Our propaedeutic seminarians will be supported by Fr Mark Cassidy, the current Spiritual Director of the Scots College, and Mgr Tom Miller, his replacement who will take up the role after the summer of 2017, and who will therefore be Spiritual Director for those of ours who will go on to Rome for major seminary studies from the summer onwards.
After the retreat, the seminarians will return to the College in Rome to enter into the celebrations of the Easter Triduum, which, in the context of the larger community there, will be a truly rich and spiritual experience for them. There will also be the opportunity to experience something of Rome’s particular ways of celebrating these sacred days, in particular by visiting the various, beautiful Altars of Repose around the city’s churches on Holy Thursday evening and the Holy Father’s ‘Via Crucis’ at the Colosseum on Good Friday night. It is suggested that, as a particular grace this year, we will also have the privilege of attending the Holy Father’s Easter Vigil celebration in St Peter’s Basilica – more to follow!
Below are images from 2016’s Rome visit – from the chapel of the Pontifical Scots College itself and from our attendance at the Easter Sunday morning Mass in St Peter’s Square. Truly memorable days for our small community!