Events of 2012
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception closed out the Seminary's second Vocations Crusade. Prior to the Solemn High Mass, there was a procession with a magnificently prepared bier for Our Lady's statue. Everyone halted in front of the Seminary's entrance, where Fr. Griego presented the offerings of the Crusade to Our Lady, and the community sang a Salve Regina. Directly after the sermon of the Mass, six seminarians renewed their engagements into the Society of St. Pius X.
Completion of Sewer Project
The sewer project is now complete and operational. Deo gratias!
New Sewer System
Thanks to generous donations made to the Seminary's building fund, we have been able to commence the overhaul of Holy Cross' septic tank and sewer system. Over $34000 of the $140000 needed has been received.
28 OCTOBER 2012
Feast of Christ the King
The feast of Christ the King fell on 28 October, a beautiful day at Holy Cross. Following a Solemn High Mass, there was a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Cemetery chapel, and then back to the main chapel. In the afternoon, priests, seminarians, brothers, and faithful assembled under the shade of an oak tree for a church picnic.
Monthly Hike & Basketball Tournament
15 AUGUST 2012
On the feast of the Assumption, His Lordship
Bernard Fellay conferred the clerical tonsure and the minor orders of Porter and Lector at Holy Cross Seminary. Three seminarians received the first minor orders: William Salac of the Philippines, and Joseph and Marcel Ockerse of Australia. Three also received the clerical tonsure: Francis Mbadugha of Nigeria, Anthony McNamara of Australia, and Nicholas Stamos of the USA.
View a slideshow of the ceremony.
11 July 2012: Monthly Hike
In July, seminarians embarked on a 13 km hike on the outskirts of Canberra. They passed through a beautiful and varied terrain: forest, river, and prairie. In the afternoon, they stopped at Mt. Stromlo Observatory.
1 July 2012: Br. Peter's 80th Birthday
The feast of the Precious Blood this year called for an extra celebration: it was the day of Br. Peter's 80th birthday and the 6th anniversary of Fr. Christoph Pfluger's ordination to the priesthood. A Solemn High Mass was celebrated in the morning, then the birthday celebrations commenced at lunch.
3 June 2012: Engagements into the Society & the Taking of the Cassock
On Trinity Sunday, 3 June, at a Solemn High Mass celebrated by Seminary Rector Rev. Fr. Vicente Griego, three seminarians of the second year made their first engagements into the Society of St. Pius X, while two seminarians of the first year received the cassock.
It is necessary that a seminarian be a member of a religious family before he enters the clerical state. At Holy Cross, the Tonsure ceremony which makes one a cleric normally takes place on 15 August. Thus, seminarians of the second year who are to receive the tonsure engage themselves as members of the SSPX a few months before the ceremony. Meanwhile, seminarians of the first year indicate their will to pursue the priesthood by adopting clerical garb.
In this group photo after the ceremony, seminarians John Mwangi of Kenya (left) and Brendan Fitzhenry of the USA have received the cassock, while the three seminarians behind them, (left to right) Anthony McNamara of Australia, Francis Mbadugha of Nigeria, and Nicholas Stamos of the USA, have made their first engagements.
28 May 2012: Hike at Majors Creek
On Pentecost Monday, the seminary community set out in the direction of Braidwood for a morning of hiking and an afternoon of soccer, with a tasty intermission of cooked sausages provided by Brother Patrick.
Taking a few days' holiday after Easter, seminarians headed to the house of some generous parishioners on Easter Monday and took part in a frenetic lolly hunt; then, on Tuesday, they took at hike at scenic Jervis Bay.
March 2012: Beginning of Academic Year
The academic year started in March with two retreats, one for the returning seminarians and one for the new seminarians. Both retreats were preached by First Assistant Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, who generously gave two weeks of his valuable time to Holy Cross.
On the very last day of March, the Seminary sadly waved goodbye to Br. Francis, who has been formed as a religious brother at Holy Cross for the past four years. He has now taken up his new assignment at the Priory of the Most Holy Trinity in his native country of India.
The Holy Cross community ‐ priests, brothers, lay teachers, and seminarians ‐ sit down in front of the Holy Cross entrance with Fr. Niklaus Pfluger for a community photo. This year, the Seminary welcomes Fr. Samuel Abah from Nigeria, along with six new seminarians: three Australians, one New Zealander, one Nigerian, and one Indian.
The Seminary's summer was punctuated by such varied events as Ignatian retreats, flooding rains, road repairs, and a boys' camp.
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