There are no two years the same at Oscott. I am in my last year and I can definitely say there’s no such thing as a normal year.
The end of summer saw the completion of a major building project. A student wing and the staff wing were completely renovated so that Oscott College can house more students for the priesthood. These are certainly exciting times!
As is the Catholic way, the end of such a building project should be celebrated. As is the Catholic seminary way, celebrations are marked with something liturgical followed by something festive. Last week, on the Feast of the Archangels, the community climbed to the heights of St Michael’s Corridor where Fr Paul Fitzpatrick, in glorious attire, blessed the corridor and all the rooms with the help of Fr Paul McNally. The urge to sing “On this house, your blessing Lord” was resisted!
Having blessed the corridor, the festivities began. In solemn procession we walked down to St Raphael’s Corridor where the inhabitants put on a lavish spread (if I do say so myself) of crisps, dips, chocs and drink.
I wonder how different next year will be…