Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Some Photos from Edmonton...

A poem apt for the beautiful Thanksgiving weather in the Ottawa region:

God's Grandeur
(Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, 1844-1889)

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; 5
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; 10
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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Two weekends ago, I enjoyed visiting Edmonton's new seminary after Scripturefest. But I did not post any photos of this lovely new facility: 60 rooms for seminarians, now hosting 42 seminarians, including a large first year group of 16.

Here are some photos:


  1. Absolutely splendid! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, Archbishop Terry!

  2. It's too bad about that chapel, at least the stained glass makes it look a bit like a church.