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No. 31 • July - December 2000 • Page 276
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The Sedes Sapientiae International Seminary begins a new year

The Sedes Sapientiae International Seminary was established in Rome by the Holy See on January 9, 1991, for the formation of candidates for the priesthood coming from dioceses throughout the world. The seminary’s direction is entrusted to the Opus Dei Prelature.
On October 21, the opening of the school year was celebrated in its new quarters situated in the district of Trastevere. The remodeling of the building, which provides rooms for one hundred seminarians, was carried out thanks to the generous help of many persons and institutions.

Various officials took part in the ceremony. In his speech, the director for social policies of the Rome municipal council expressed his joy at having students from all over the world become future spreaders of Christian Rome’s culture to all corners of the globe.

The seminary’s rector, Fr. Pedro Huidobro, pointed out that “students come to the eternal city to ‘learn Rome,’ as John Paul II has expressed it. Rome teaches them to be catholic, universal, to have a big heart capable of understanding and loving everyone.”

The students enrolled for the current academic year come from Austria, Brazil, Burma, Cameroun, the Dutch Antilles, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the United States.

To date, almost one hundred Sedes Sapientiae students, representing twenty-six dioceses, have been ordained to the priesthood.

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