Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick: Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, Washington DC : Dedicated a New Seminary in Hyattsville, May 7 2006

Historic 1929 Building Renovated

May 03, 2006

An historic 1929 seminary building, completely renovated after lying vacant for decades, will be dedicated on May 7 as the new home of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, the only seminary owned by the Archdiocese of Washington. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington will bless and dedicate the building: Sunday, May 7, 2006 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Redemptoris Mater Seminary 4900 LaSalle Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782 The Cardinal will lead the rite of blessing, which includes prayers and the sprinkling of holy water on the halls and chapel of the four-story building. In addition, the founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, will offer remarks. The dedication will conclude with a reception (the dedication is invitation only due to space; media are welcome). Redemptoris Mater was founded by Cardinal McCarrick in 2001 to train men from around the world to become diocesan missionary priests.

After their ordination as priests, the men will serve both in the archdiocese and in missions throughout the world. The seminarians are members of the Neocatechumenal Way, an international “itinerary of Catholic formation,” whose one million lay and clergy members are active in evangelization, catechesis and faith formation throughout the world. This seminary is one of 63 Redemptoris Mater seminaries worldwide and one of five in the United States. The 138,000 square-foot building, located on 17 acres, originally served as a Christian Brothers seminary. Eventually owned by the Federal government, the building was vacant for over 20 years until the Archdiocese assumed ownership and undertook a complete renovation. The renovation includes a stunning fourth-floor chapel with a hand-painted icon behind the altar. The icon, painted by members of the Neocatechumenal Way as a gift, is a recreation of a painting by Kiko Arguello and shows three scenes: the Nativity, Last Supper and Resurrection. Among many other donations are the stucco work and Murano glass pendant lamps in the Sanctuary of the Word, the construction of the library’s wall-to-wall bookcases and the Italian marble floors in the entrance halls.

The 25 seminarians from Redemptoris Mater are among 74 men studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington; Washington seminarians attend a total of eight different seminaries in the United States and Rome, Italy. Redemptoris Mater also is home to seven men who are studying English before beginning seminary studies. Cardinal McCarrick will ordain 12 men to the priesthood on May 27, including two men from Redemptoris Mater. This will be the largest ordination class for Washington since 1979.

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