Events of 2011
8 December 2011: Ceremony of the Tonsure
The Feast of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception is the day established by Archbishop Lefebvre for establishing or renewing membership in the Society of St. Pius X. This year at Holy Cross, two of the Seminary's priest professors, Fr. Paul Robinson and Fr. Christopher Curtis, made their engagements for life in the SSPX. Four seminarians also made their first one-year engagement. And finally, adding to the joy of the occasion, first year seminarian Anthony McNamara received the cassock on this day.
HCS Volleyball Tournament
Taking advantage of a sunny November, seminarians streamed out onto the volleyball patch for several weeks to engage in an intense competition.
30 October 2011: Feast of Christ the King
Two of the Seminary professors and all of the seminarians traveled to Brisbane for the Feast of Christ the King. Over the weekend, the presence of the seminarians gave a concrete example of the pursuit of a vocation to the youth and encouragement to the faithful. The weekend included several liturgical ceremonies, such as a Solemn High Mass, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and Vespers.
15 August 2011: Ceremony of the Tonsure
On the Feast of Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven, three seminarians
entered into the clerical state by receiving the tonsure at the hands of His Lordship Alfonso de Galarreta.
Three new clerics of the SSPX: (l to r) William Salac, Joseph Ockerse and Marcel Ockerse
1 July 2011: Taking of the Cassock & First Engagements
On 1 July, Feast of the Sacred Heart in 2011, four seminarians in the second year, Sunday Ojugbeli of Nigeria, William Salac of the Philippines, Joseph Ockerse and Marcel Ockerse of Australia, made their first engagements into the Society of St. Pius X.
Two seminarians in the first year -- Francis Mbadugha of Nigeria and Nicholas Stamos of the USA -- took the cassock.
Two new cassocks: Francis Mbadugha and Nicholas Stamos
Behind the cassocks, four new members of the SSPX: (l to r) Sunday Ojugbeli, William Salac, Marcel Ockerse and Joseph Ockerse
April 2011: Beginning of Academic Year
The academic year started in March with a retreat for returning seminarians preached by Fr. Matthew Clifton, who is stationed in London.
Meanwhile, Fr. Jules Bélisle came up from Melbourne to preach
an Ignatian retreat for the new seminarians the following week.
Since then, classes have been in full force, along with the daily routine of spiritual formation that takes place at Holy Cross.
The Holy Cross community ‐ priests, brothers, major seminarians and minor seminarians ‐
gathered in front of Our Lady's grotto for a photo at the beginning of the academic year. Five new faces are present in the picture and the community: 2 Americans, 1 Australian, 1 Kenyan, and 1 Indian.
Hands have not been idle at the Seminary during the summer holidays!
For a picture presentation of the progress of summer construction projects, see the Construction 2011 page.
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