Tonight I went to Vespers (evening prayer) at the Pontifical North American College here in Rome – the seminary of the United States in the Eternal City. It is located on the hill overlooking St. Peter’s and the Vatican. Many of the seminarians have a view of St. Peters’ dome out their room window. Not that I’m jealous!
This year they have a very full house: 250 seminarians total. Among them, one of our seminarians from the Birmingham diocese, whom I took out for a “welcome dinner”.
All of the “new men” just returned from their intensive Italian experiences in cities like Assisi and Florence; now they begin a month of continued Italian study and orientation here in Rome before beginning their classes in early October. (The Italian academic year on the university level generally runs from October to June.)
Pray for the 250 seminarians – the majority of them from the United States, and one of them from Birmingham – as they begin their new academic year and continue their discernment!