Construction Begins

Renovatio has been progressing well, with construction of the new seminary building in full swing after the demolitions in June. Following excavation, the construction team has moved on to building up the underlying architecture, and concrete has been poured. In addition to the new building, some interior renovations are also Read more…

Demolition Underway

Now that our final permits are at last in the offing, Renovatio has moved into a new phase, commencing with the demolition of existing structures to make way for the new seminary building. Although scaffolding went up in the winter, it was not until the beginning of this month that Read more…

Reflection for Good Friday

Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth… (Isaiah 53:7) More than seven centuries before the coming of Christ, a Hebrew prophet named Isaiah wrote these words as part of a series of Read more…

Music for Pandemics in the Time of St Philip

In the midst of the present COVID-19 crisis, many Catholics have been inspired to rediscover ancient prayers against disease. During the centuries-long struggle against the bubonic plague in Europe, prayers for plague victims were a regular part of the Church’s life, and many texts interceding for plague victims were set Read more…

Candlemas 2020

Love comes suddenly to His temple, as Malachi foresees. Candlemas is the dawning of that light. The light is Christ, of Whom St John speaks: shining in a darkness that cannot overcome it. What is the temple? It is ourselves: the flesh in which He joined Himself to us, to Read more…

A rediscovered motet by Pierre de la Rue

Much of the sacred music written before 1600 has not survived. Entire libraries of music manuscripts have been destroyed by wars, fires, vandalism, or natural disasters; other manuscripts have become unreadable due to corrosive ink and deteriorating paper. Still other music manuscripts have survived only in an incomplete form, missing Read more…

Corpus Christi Procession 2019

Quantum potes, tantum aude:Quia major omni laude,Nec laudare sufficis (St. Thomas Aquinas, ‘Lauda Sion Salvatorem’, Sequence for the Mass of Corpus Christi)  Drawing on the traditional artistry of the infiorata, a carpet of cedar, roses, chrysanthemum and fragrant herbs this year decorated the passage of the Blessed Sacrament among the people Read more…