As you all know, Bishop Bernard Longley from Westminster has been appointed to Birmingham as Archbishop, which will have a direct influence on the seminary here. We look forward to the years ahead under his pastoral care, and pray that he will be a good and holy shepherd for all those who train here at Oscott. His personal kindness is already much remarked on, and his background in music and the teaching of theology should mean that visiting the seminary will be for him like a duck taking to water!
Also, we East Anglians were in Walsingham Tuesday and Wednesday for the visit of St Therese's relics there. We took part in a Holy Hour for young people, with readings from Therese's writings, music, and Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Our Deacon Luke preached an encouraging homily about the veneration of the relics as our way of being in touch with the communion of saints, and he also reminded us that each of us is called like St Therese to follow God in some particular vocation. On Wednesday Bishop Michael celebrated Mass with the many of the diocesan priests, deacons and parishioners present, and both the inside of the Reconciliation chapel and the outside grounds were packed.
Over the two days, there must have been at least 3 or 4 thousand people turn up, which was wonderful. Though St Therese's relics have moved on to Oxford and beyond, may she continue to have a tangible presence in England's Nazareth!