Apostolic Nuncio to Canada,
Archbishop Luigi Ventura
TORONTO, October 7, 2009 -- The University of St Michael's College Faculty of Theology had the honourof hosting the annual Tri-College Mass at the Basilian Cardinal Flahiff Centre. This celebration is attended by the three catholic institutions of the Toronto School of Theology: Regis College, St. Augustines Seminary, and University of St Michael's College Faculty of Theology. In addition to this excitement, St Michael's College had the honour of hosting The Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, His Excellency Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who presided at the Tri-College celebration.
This was an extraordinary event for our institutions. Prior to Mass, eight students from the Faculty of Theology - with honoured guests from St Michael's College - hosted the Nuncio at the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies for lunch. This provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to greet the Archbishop and to enjoy each others company. Just before lunch, PIMS library staff very graciously provided a showcase exhibition of some of our rare books for the Nuncio. Thank you, Jonathan Bengtson and Fr. Farge!
With over 100 in attendance, The Basilian Chapel was nicely packed for the Mass, with a wide variety of guests including Sr. Anne Anderson, President and Vice-Chancellor of St Michael's College, Hugh Mackinnon, Chair of USMC Collegium, alumni of the University, and of course current students and faculty members from the three catholic institutions. The Nuncios mission of unity to the Canadian Church was felt in a particular manner that afternoon as we all gathered together in one body to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist.
Adding to the exceptional nature of this occasion was the recent announcement that Archbishop Ventura would be moving to France to take up his new appointment as the Apostolic Nuncio to France. Consequently, the Tri-College Mass marked one of his last public appearances in Canada. Archbishop Ventura was initially appointed to Canada as the ambassador of the Holy See in June 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Throughout his eight years of service, Archbishop Ventura has made a special effort to meet the young people of the Canadian church by supporting new youth movements in the country, as well, being instrumental in the 17th World Youth day in Toronto and this past summers Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City.
We wish Archbishop Ventura all the best on his new mission to France the eldest daughter of the church. Thank you for being a diplomat to our country Your Excellency, but moreover, thank you for being a Pastor to her people.
Student Life Committee
University of St Michael's College in the University of Toronto
Faculty of Theology