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No. 52 • January - June 2011 • Page 51
 •  From the Prelate and the Auxiliary Vicar

Meeting with seminarians at Sedes Sapientiae on the 20th Anniversary of the International Ecclesiastical College (January 16, 2011)

This past January 16, Sunday, Bishop Javier Echevarría celebrated Holy Mass in the International Ecclesiastical College Sedes Sapientiae. A few days earlier, the college had celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its erection by the Congregation for Catholic Education, with a decree dated January 9, 1991.

In his homily, the Prelate recalled the origins of Sedes Sapientiae. It was a desire of St. Josemaría that priests and seminarians from all over the world could come to Rome to receive an in-depth theological and spiritual formation, while also spending time in the Eternal City and growing in love for the Holy Father and in a catholic, universal outlook. With the passage of the years, while the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was being established, Don Alvaro del Portillo, his first successor, urged forward the start of this seminary, whose formation is entrusted to priests of the Prelature of Opus Dei.

At the end of Mass, Bishop Echevarría had a brief meeting with the seminarians. Almost ninety students are currently receiving formation at Sedes Sapientiae, sent by their respective bishops from 31 different countries and 64 different dioceses.

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