Each year between Christmas and New Year's, Bishop Libasci meets with every seminarian to catch up with him and to see how his discernment is progressing. He then hosts Evening Prayer at Saint Joseph Cathedral followed by a dinner for the seminarians, priests, and young men who are open to God's call. This year's event was tonight and was the third time that I have brought young men from Trinity High School. I must admit that I got there late tonight as I thought it started at 5:30pm (it started at 5pm) and I arrived towards the end of Evening Prayer. Our former campus minister Fr. Andrew Nelson said I just came for the free food and skipped out on prayer!
The cathedral has undergone renovations in recent months and it looks beautiful. The cathedral has a new reredos and Stations of the Cross from the now closed Holy Trinity Church in Boston. The ceiling was painted and other cosmetic changes were made. They aren't done as they need additional funds but what they have so far is amazing. You can read a recent article from the Union Leader on the renovations here.
After Evening Prayer, I chatted with our good friend Cardinal Gerald Lacroix '75 who is in town for a few days. He will be back in Manchester in June to celebrate our Baccalaureate Mass. We all went downstairs for some wonderful talks from seminarians and priests and Bishop Libasci. The dinner was provided by the Knights of Columbus in Hampton and the state council gave gifts to the nine seminarians (two of whom are alums of Trinity - David Gagnon '11 and Mike Sartori '06). Bishop Libasci ended the evening with a nice blessing and with the priests singing "Salve Regina."
Please pray for the nine men who are studying for the Diocese of Manchester and that many more will answer God's call to serve His people.