Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Time passes

I feel as if I should be posting more often- after all this blog was started in order to reflect on my training and one of the major elements of training is theological reflection! However as I try to get a grip ion my dissertation ( rather like trying to grab a jelly!) I don;t find my mind finds it easy to reflect. We continue to countdown to the move- which only makes writing the dissertation more urgent. I had hoped to have it done by the end of the Easter break but I've already moved that deadline to the 20th May. From the 21st May we are on to the Leavers course at college and then time will really fly by!
Leaver's Course- this is really going to happen- I am going to complete my course, hand over duties of sacristan and move on from college to curacy! Part of me longs for the day, longs to be out and doing what I feel God has called me to do. The other part feels so at home here with the friends that I have made that I wonder how I'll ever cope away from college. Most days the former triumphs but just occasionally the latter gets a grip.
Meantime next week and the week after we will have the college 'Tat fair' ( Tat for the uninitiated is the name given to all liturgical dress and soft furnishings). There we will be able to select stoles, clergy shirts etc and begin to think through what our clothes will say about the sort of priest we want to be. When I came to college I was planning to wear coloured clerical shirts ( if for no other reason than I don't look good in black I'm told!) But as time has gone on I feel that I want to wear black but I'm not sure why! I don;t think I've become more catholic in my views but do think it seems to speak more about being a priest and representing God. At the end of the day it will be a uniform not a fashion statement! Decision, decisions!
Time now to go and get changed into a suitable outfit for a funeral visit.


  1. My training incumbent (the same as yours) told me back in 2006 that I could wear any colour shirt so long as it was black or grey.

  2. Hi - I remember you telling us that story at a Bishops Bash back in 2006!! He's actually told me I can wear black blue or grey but he doesn't like to make a firm policy!! The more I look and think the more I think I want to wear black!
    ON a different note I hope all is well with you in your new parish :)

  3. How interesting that you started out thinking multi-coloured and changed your mind! There are some beautiful stoles out there - I imagine choosing one of those would be lovely.

    1. Yes Helen lovely stoles, though I'd love ot make and embroider my own it will have to wait as I don't have time to make one before July. Hoping to order a set at the tat fair. :)