Friday, May 20, 2011

Blessing of St Joseph Seminary, Edmonton, May 2, 2011

After the diocesan CWL convention in The Pas, I was able to travel to Edmonton for the blessing of the new St. Joseph Seminary, a beautiful structure of glass and stone in Southwest Edmonton, next to the chancer offices. About 12 bishops joined in the celebration, along with many priests, religious and laity. Archbishop Richard Smith presided at the ceremony and lavishly consecrated the altar with chrism. The new facility will house up to 50 seminarians.
The west side of the new seminary building, overlooking downtown Edmonton across the Saskatcehwan River valley.
A view of Newman Theological College, which is situated on the same grounds across the parking lot. Fr. Stefano Penna is the Dean of Theology at NTC, where seminarians and laity will take classes together.
A vew of the chapel from the back. Note the curves and swirling formation of the ceiling, which lifts our thoughts and prayers upward.
The pews inside the chapel. Note the curvature of the pews. The chapel was full to capacity for the dedication of the new facility.
This statue of Jesus the Teacher used to grace the entrance to the former Newman Theological College and St. Joseph Seminary grounds at the previous location along St. Albert Trail

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