Thursday, 14 February 2008

Maryvale Institute: "No Distance" newsletter

The Maryvale Institute keeps in touch with its friends, students and associate staff by way of a newsletter called "No Distance". The January 2008 issue arrived last week. Fr Paul Watson ends his "From the Director" piece on the front page with the sentence:

Fundamentally, for Newman and for us, only education that produces a unity of knowledge and love, both of this world and the next, is, ultimately, authentic education.

I liked this when I read it, particularly because I contribute to the Institute's initial teacher training programme. Later in the newsletter, readers are encouraged to pray in support of Maryvale's striving to be recognised as a Pontifical Institute:

Please pray the Maryvale Prayer as regularly as you can this year to support Maryvale's discussions and negotiations to become a pontifical institute. Some of you may know that in 2003 Maryvale Institute responded to encouragement to follow a path towards this goal, urged to do so by many in the Church. This year the prayer and activity will be intensifying and the Institute is seeking grace, wisdom and strength from the Blessed Trinity for this mission.

Several of the staff from Maryvale, including Fr Paul (below left), are planning a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Institute and its students. In April, they will be walking 100 km of the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compostella. If you feel able to support this fund raising initiative, do contact the Institute.

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