Friday, 9 September 2011

New Book on History of St John's Seminary - In Hope of Harvest

You may remember a few weeks ago that this blog featured the poetry of Fr Rob Esdaile from Arundel & Brighton Diocese. Now we are able to introduce Fr Sean Finnegan, the Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Adur Valley in Sussex who has recently finished a book on the seminary (priest's training college) at St John's, Wonersh near Guildford. The book 'In Hope of Harvest' looks at the 'family' history of this college since its foundation in 1891 until recent times.

Tree Planting by then Rector now Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith
This will interest not only those who attended the seminary over the last many years, but also those who are interested to find out how Catholic priests have been and are trained in this country. Fr Sean was a student at the seminary and also now teaches there part-time. A Church historian he produces a book that is more than a dry collection of facts, but in the word of one former student, Fr Graham Bamford (Parish Priest of Ewell) he has written an "understanding history of our seminary. After reading it I feel even prouder of being part of that history."

The book is available from the Diocesan Bookshop at price £18 inc p&p

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