Greetings from Rome! Thank you for the link to the EFL website – it looks great. I enjoy seeing the photos of our families and friends.
All is well in Rome. The Canadian College is a wonderful community of priests. I have been adapting to the my new reality as a student-priest, a considerable change from being a pastor.
Since my arrival in early October (it has only been a month and a half, but for some reason it feels like I’ve been here for much longer – a good sign), I have had the opportunity to participate in two papal masses in St. Peter’s square (the first being the inaugural mass for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the second being the canonization mass for the seven new saints – including St. Kateri Tekawitha). I also participated in several activities surrounding the canonization. It was a great way to begin my sojourn in the Eternal City.
Studies are going quite well. Latin is laborious, but our professors are excellent teachers. Much of my focus is on Canon Law and ecclesiology (the understanding of the identity of the Church is fundamental to the laws that govern her activities).
This weekend we have a retreat in our house – the guest preacher is the Dean of Dogmatic Theology at the Santa Croce university in Rome. A great way to begin the season of Advent.
Please give my best to everyone at EFL and assure them that they are all in my prayers.
May the grace of our Lord fill and transform your hearts during this Advent season,