We’re nearly at the end of semester now – hoorah!  I have one class and one exam standing between me and holidays.  It’s been a big semester, especially with the Christmas break being spent writing my research seminar paper, and the work during this semester bringing that to completion.

I will depart from Ottawa on Holy Thursday to travel to the US, making a “Holy Week Pilgrimage” with one of the priests from the States.  Stops on the way will include Gethsemane Abbey (Cistercian) and Saint Meinrad’s Archabbey (Benedictine).  We will end up in Chicago, from where we will fly with another of our confreres to Milan.  We will take the train to Venice for a couple of nights there, and then to Rome for our faculty “Study Trip” to visit the dicasteries of the Roman Curia.  Following that, I’ll return via Chicago and Ottawa, and then begin the journey over the ocean back HOME to Brisbane for three months!

Apostolic Nunciature, Ottawa

We have been taking a course on “supra-diocesan and universal Church structures” this semester, and one component of that is “Papal legates.”  To co-incide with this course, our faculty made a visit on Thursday last week to the Apostolic Nunciature in Ottawa.  A couple of photos from that visit can be found on Flickr.  We were received by the Papal Nuncio to Canada, who gave a most interesting talk about his work and his own “career” in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

Syrup on ice = YUMMY!

Later that afternoon, a group of us made a cultural excursion to Sugarbush to see where the trees are tapped for the sap that is turned into maple syrup.  It was a tasty excursion to say the least!  We even sang French songs!  Photos from that visit are also on Flickr.

Now, who said studying canon law is boring?!