|Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy: The Three Wise Men" (named Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar). Detail from: "Mary and Child, surrounded by angels", mosaic of a Ravennate italian-byzantine workshop, completed within 526 AD by the so-called "Master of Sant'Apollinare". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
We are in the New Year and I am facing a new academic year ahead.
The Feasy of the Epiphany revealed the infant child Jesus to the world represented by the Magi who offered the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrhh.
Revelation, newness and an anticipation of what the year ahead can offer.
What is your outlook for the year 2014 ahead?
That was the question that came to my mind as I prepare for the series of activities that come along with life in the seminary. There are two new seminarians whom I will journey with and it will be interesting as to how they will slowly fit into our community of 11 seminarians and 4 formators. The community also includes the 2 returning seminarians who were on regency last year. They will come back into a community which was different from when they left.
Then we have to settle in and journey with the new rector in Msgr Ambrose Vaz, as well as welcoming Fr John Bosco into the fold. Our new team of formators have already met up and prepared ourselves for what is to come for the Seminary in our engagement with the seminarians. Much of what we may be seeing in 2014 for the community here will depend on what transpires in our coming Community Bonding sessions over this weekend beginning Friday morning and ending on Sunday afternoon.
The theme of Evangelization is looked at and the principal speaker is Fr Kenson Koh. Hopefully the sessions will allow us to get a proper footing to how we, as the Seminary community, are to align ourselves better in being effective evangelizers and bringers of Good News.
So, much adjustments for every one.