Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Every day there is a little bit more good news. Remarkably the safe, which is the home of the silver chalice, paten, and other items, has survived. Many of these items just need a good cleaning; they will be used again. The altar cross has been found. Even some vestments, albeit in a state that makes them unusable, have been retrieved.
These items have now been released by the ATF to the Seminary. Slowly the investigation is coming to an end. Over several days, the students, staff, and faculty have been making themselves available to answer the many questions. Naturally these moments can be stressful. I am proud of the way in which our seminarians have approached this investigation. There is a shared quest for the truth and a willingness to share information. I am grateful to all those who have cooperated so well with the investigation.
It looks likely that we will have to wait until Thursday morning to hear their findings. Meanwhile we continue to wait. The most helpful response during this difficult waiting time is to avoid speculation and to learn the gift of patience. Instead of speculation come to the Seminary Eucharist, read a book on liturgy (or whatever), and invite God to help us find constructive ways to deal with the stress of the situation.
The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President