Archbishop Hart blesses new Corpus Christi seminary extensions

Thursday 3 November 2016

Media and Communications Office

His Grace Archbishop Denis Hart today opened and blessed the new extensions at Corpus Christi seminary in Carlton.

The new eight room wing has been added to the seminary in response to additional student demand in recent times. It is the second major extension at Corpus Christi. An earlier extension added six new rooms for seminarians studying for the priesthood.

Prior to the dedication, Archbishop Hart was principal celebrant in the Church of the Sacred Heart adjoining the seminary for the annual Mass for the seminarians. Among others concelebrating were the Bishops of Sale, Ballarat and Sandhurst, along with Melbourne auxiliary bishops Curtin and Edwards.

At the same time as declaring open and blessing the new wing, Archbishop Hart used the occasion to pay tribute to the Rector of Sacred Heart, Father Brendan Lane, who has held the post as rector for the last seven and a half years, and who is stepping down at the end of this year. In that time, some 45 men have been ordained to the Catholic priesthood. The Archbishop referred to the very great blessings that those ordinations have produced in the Melbourne Archdiocese and beyond over those years, and took occasion particularly to thank Father Lane and pay tribute to him for his faithful and fecund stewardship.

Attending today’s blessing were many of the present day seminarians of Corpus Christi, along with the architect and the builder of the new eight room wing.

A plaque has been installed to commemorate today’s ceremony.
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