Rector's Welcome

A word of welcome from Father Giles Goward, Rector of St Mary's College, Oscott

Thank you for visiting our website. I hope you will find it interesting and will find the information you are looking for.

‘A seminary is more than a building, it is a community of formation.’ That is the starting point for the Catholic Church’s understanding of seminaries. St Mary’s College has existed as a formation community for 226 years. It has been in its present location for the last 182 of those years.

Formation takes place here in many different ways: but for the sake of convenience we divide those ways into four main strands. They are pastoral, spiritual human and intellectual. You can read about each of those areas by clicking here if you would like to know more.

Even though we are much more than a building we are very proud of the buildings the seminary inhabits. You will see many photographs of them on the website and you will also find various ways that you could visit us. You would be very welcome.

We are also proud of our seminarians and our permanent deacons in formation. You can read about their experiences on the website, as well as their hopes for the future ministries they will have in the Church in the different dioceses and religious congregations who choose to use us to help form their future deacons and priests.

As the newly appointed Rector I hope you will pray for me and for the seminary community. At the moment we are operating as a virtual seminary. I very much look forward to being able to welcome all the students back here once it is safe to do so

 

Father Giles Goward, Rector

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