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Week of March 15, 1999
MacNeil blesses new Newman College facilities
By ANH HOANG
WCR Staff Writer
You can see the fluorescent lights bounce off the walls illuminating the new residence at St. Joseph Seminary. You can almost smell the fresh paint. And on the evening of March 7 you could hear the voices of more than 200 people in the chapel down the hallway.
Sixteen bishops from across the West joined Archbishop Joseph MacNeil in concelebrating the Mass and blessing ceremony for the new library and seminary residence at Newman Theological College and St. Joseph's Seminary.
The Mass followed an afternoon-long open house where visitors toured the library's media room, computer work station and the seminary's communal living design which has private rooms arranged around a common living area.
"Your seminary, your library, they are like wells, springing up with living life," said Bishop Blais Morand of Prince Albert, Sask., in his homily following the Gospel reading of Jesus and the Samaritan woman.
"Hopefully you will be able to find Jesus in your books and teaching. Your job is to fill your buckets with those waters."
The new library is a 10,000-square-foot complex. It is four times the size of the previous library which was housed in four classrooms. The new residence in St. Joseph's seminary can now accommodate up to 46 seminarians. Currently 20 seminarians are in residence and six are in internships.
The Mass included a blessing ceremony. Morand officiated at the blessing of the library, while MacNeil presided over the blessing of the seminary residence.
The upgrades were financed in large part through a $3-million donation by retired school teachers Wilfred and Helen Sopchyshyn and their son Clinton and his wife Geneva.