Tom Fallati ‘25
Monday, October 31st, was a special day at the Seminary, with the dedication and blessing of a new Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Situated on the ground floor in what was previously designated as a prayer room, the new chapel includes a tabernacle in which the Blessed Sacrament will be continuously reserved. At any time of the day or night, any member of the Seminary community desiring quiet time can go to the Chapel for private Adoration and prayer.
The community selected the Feast of All Saints as a fitting time to dedicate the new chapel. For the vigil of the feast on Monday evening, the Seminary celebrated Solemn Vespers and a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament in the main chapel. Fr. Brian Kiely, Rector, then led a procession of the Eucharist from the main chapel to the new Perpetual Adoration Chapel, while the community followed singing the Eucharistic hymn “Pange Lingua.” Fr. Kiely then ‘enthroned’ the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle and blessed the new chapel.
In the midst of our Seminary life, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen reminds us, “Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are preceded by a personal encounter with Him in Adoration.” The Perpetual Adoration Chapel offers the Seminary community such a place of encounter, a place to help “keep us in love with Christ.”