From a seminarian:
I just got done praying for good weather in Rome.
I thought it would be interesting to hear what seminaries are doing during this Conclave, and especially how they will celebrate when our new Pope is elected.
Here in Saint Paul, when we hear of white smoke, one of our guys is assigned to ring the seminary bell in the tower, we’ll rush out of class (if we’re in class), run to the seminary and sit in front of a TV and watch everything. Afterwards, we’ll head up to the chapel where our schola will sing the Te Deum and everyone will join in Christus Vincit. Who knows, our rector may even let us miss class for the rest of the day. Naturally, there will be a spirit of joy and celebration throughout the house.
I thought you’d like to hear how the seminarians are getting excited for their new boss in Rome. We love our Pope!!
This is especially poignant for me, given that I was at the St. Paul Seminary in the dark ’80’s when anything having to do with reverence for the Pope was met with sullen resentment and then passive aggressive persecution on the part of the faculty. How wonderful it is to read of such a turn around. Sing the Te Deum? Christus vincit? Back in the day the very suggestion would have resulted in the requirement of psychological testing and perhaps “deselection” from the formation process.
It would be great to hear from other seminarians about plans in their respective houses for the announcement of the next Pope! Chime in!
And thanks for praying for good weather! Please, Lord, no more rain?