Friday September 13, 2013

It was lovely strolling around the Student Fair at lunch time yesterday. From Bible Study to Social Justice, all were represented. Some were focused on service in the community, for example, the Jail Ministry, while others were more global in intent. Some, like the Fighting Friars, are just always there. The Fair represents our interests and concerns. This is a good and healthy place. It reflects well on the work of formation we seek to do at the Seminary.

Tomorrow is an important day as we break the ground on the largest building project for decades at the Seminary. This new chapel will be the place of formation for countless students in the future. And we are the generation which has the extraordinary gift and opportunity to create this home for formation. A liturgy has been planned; invitations have been mailed; the music has been organized; and appropriate dining arrangements for all the guests are in place. So tomorrow at the Groundbreaking we will offer this endeavor to God. In the end this can only be 'to the Glory of God'.

Over the last few years there have been those moments when I feared that this would never happen. The worries were many - the capital campaign, permits, getting the design both right and affordable. Now at last the Board has voted to construct the Welcome and Worship Quad. This Chapel is going to be built. It is an exciting and historic moment in our shared life together.  

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President