Greek Catholic seminarians process through the streets of Lviv, Ukraine
Seminarians at Mass in Grodno Seminary in Belarus
Seminarians processing at Rudno Seminary in Ukraine
Seminarians hard at work studying in Brazil
Seminarians in a classroom in Ethiopia
Seminarians in class in Lithuania
Seminarians singing in Romania
Junior Seminary at Ushaw - derelict since the 1970's
A stark contrast to our own country where there is now no seminary at all in Scotland and Ushaw College (training men for the Priesthood for 200 years) is about to close. It seems peculiar, to say the least, that there will be no seminary north of Birmingham - one after another they have closed, Drygrange, Cardross, Blairs, Scotus, Upholland, and now Ushaw.
Perhaps in a europe-wide spirit of co-operation and fraternity Ushaw College could be offered to train priests from other countries like the Ukraine where they do not have enough seminary places? After all, that's even better than what we've done in the past by sending missionaries out to foreign lands - we would actually be training indigenous men to return to their own country and build up the Faith - and who knows perhaps a few would stay here and help to re-evangelise our moribund church.
But, I hear you say, "Why can't some of these priests be sent here. We would welcome them with open arms". Not quite! As the former President of Ushaw, Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey, now gloriously reigning as Bishop of Middlesborough wrote in 2007 about a "new course specifically for foreign priests wishing to serve the Catholic Church in England and Wales":
"Some foreign priests working in Britain tend to be too dogmatic about the church’s moral rightness on just about everything, ... That’s not how we do things here. "Well, we know how we do things here -