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I have one thing to say …


… two and a half years in the making!

Thanks to everyone for all the prayers and good wishes!

[I add the slight disclaimer that I do not, as yet, have a piece of paper saying that I have qualified – however, given that my classmates are already leaving the country, I think it’s reasonably safe to assume that anyone who is not graduating might already know!]

themesThis is what I’ll be trying to keep at the forefront of my mind over the next few days!  These are the themes I chose to focus on for the comprehensive exam:



Singular decrees and precepts (cc. 48-58)

Dispensations (cc. 85-93)



The obligations and rights of clerics (cc. 273-289)

Associations of Christ’s faithful (cc. 298-329)

Diocesan bishops (cc. 381-402)

Relationships between religious and the diocesan bishop (cc. 593-595, 609, 616, 678-683; see also cc. 397, 806, 1320)



The teaching office of the Church (cc. 747-755)

The missionary activity of the Church (cc. 781-792)



Matrimonial consent (cc. 1055-1057, 1095-1107)

The form of the celebration of marriage (cc. 1108-1123, 1127)

Sacred places (cc. 1205-1229)



The acquisition of goods (cc. 1259-1272)



Those who are liable to penal sanctions (cc. 1321-1330)



The defender of the bond (cc. 1432-1436)

Recourse against administrative decrees (cc. 1732-1739)


Tuesday 2pm is the final hour!


I live among boxes

I really should be used to it by now, but packing never seems to get easier.  I wanted to leave packing until after the last exam, however I needed to get a head start in order to complete the customs and insurance forms, so I did most of my packing yesterday.

I’ve now finished the last of the exams for the coursework of our programme.  All that awaits me is the one-hour comprehensive exam on Tuesday at 2pm.  I’ll be questioned by two panels of two professors each.  Each panel is for half an hour.

At 3pm on Tuesday I should be a very happy man!


Last exams

We begin today the last of our exams for our programme.

We’re doing four courses at the moment, so we have the finals for those this morning, and then next Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

And, it’s sixteen sleeps until the comprehensive exam.

Soon, this:

Brisbane, Australia

And, here’s a blast from the past!  Love ya Brisbane!

Counting the days now

As seen on the door of one of my confreres here:


I found out today that my comprehensive exam will take place on Tuesday 11 December 2012, between 2pm and 3pm.  28 Days to go!  Nearly there.

Finally got my Master’s

This post is especially for my friends back home who have been at me for years to get my Master’s degree.  Well, I’ve finally done it!  Not quite the way I thought it would get done, but done nonetheless.

The University of Ottawa website currently lists those who will graduate at the convocations next Sunday, October 28th, 2012, and my name is on the list.

Of course, the Master of Canon Law degree – a civil degree – was not what I was sent over to Canada to get, but it is one of the awards we pick up “along the way,” along with a Graduate Diploma in Canon Law, also a civil degree.

The important piece of paper that I need to come home with – unless I want to be banished by my Archbishop – is the Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) – an ecclesiastical degree – which, please God, I will attain after successfully completing the comprehensive exam on 11/12 December 2012.

Not long to go now!

On average, there are 3,300 abortions EVERY DAY in the United States — but that daily number goes up on Saturdays, the busiest day of the week at many abortion centers.

Today’s prayer intention: We pray for a flowering of the joy of parenthood.

Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for
granted the gift of children. Help us to remember
this heritage that you have given us. Make us
faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each
generation might be raised in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus
Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Yesterday, students from my school – Saint Paul University, Ottawa – took our turn [with a few other helpers too!] to fill the slots on the vigil roster for praying at the downtown abortion mill during the 40 Days for Life.  I also took one of the slots for proclaiming the Scriptures.  Here in Ottawa during the 40 Days for Life, the Bible is proclaimed from beginning to end where we pray over the road from the abortion mill.  It was very cold yesterday morning, and on my way home after praying we actually had snow (although I hear that snow has fallen in odd parts of Australia in recent days – odd for this time of year – so I suppose news of snow is no big deal to those back home)!  Here’s a photo of me from yesterday during the Proclamation of the Word:

12 October 2012: Proclamation of the Word at the 40 Days for Life at 65 Bank Street, Ottawa. With thanks to Maureen Ward for the photo.

See also: http://teresa-httpsitesgooglecomsitefaithful.blogspot.ca/2012/10/40-days-for-life-in-ottawa.html

A picnic in Quebec

Lac Bernard, Quebec

The students and professors in the Canon Law Faculty of Saint Paul University, Ottawa, and other family members, went on a picnic yesterday afternoon to Lac Bernard in Quebec.  Lac Bernard is about an hour’s drive from Ottawa.

It was a very picturesque location, and a fun time was had by all.

No canon law party is complete without canon law humour … this is one of the cakes from yesterday. As someone has pointed out, this cake was valid but illicit! Either way, it tasted good.

More photos can be seen here.

The beginning of the end

Today our class met with the Dean of the Canon Law faculty about our forthcoming comprehensive exams, which will be our “final act” to complete the requirements for the licentiate in canon law that we were all sent here to get.  We are able to select fifteen themes that will be the starting point of our exam, during which we will be questioned by two panels of professors for thirty minutes each [panel].

So now that we have that list of themes, it definitely feels like we are on the “home stretch.”

Our comps will be held on the 11th and 12th of December.  That’s approximately 85 days away.  At this vantage point, it feels like the last two years has gone quickly, all things considered.

I should be home by Christmas!

Classes resume

We resumed classes here in Ottawa today.  It certainly feels like we are at the tail-end of the course, and finishing off “bits and pieces.”  We also have no classes on Thursdays or Fridays this semester, so we can’t complain about that.  We also now know that the comprehensive exams will be on the 11th and 12th December, so I’ll be home shortly after that: in time for Christmas, which will be great.

A new cohort of students has begun, and there are another two priests from Australia, bringing the current Australian contingent up to four.  There is another Australian student who has been doing some of the courses on-line.

I was interested to learn this morning that there is another blogger among the new arrivals.  Sr Louise from Dublin writes the Pilgrims progress blog.  She is a religious of the Disciples of the Divine Master congregation.  So, if you’re interested, you might see a little more of our life here in Ottawa on her blog.

In the coming days I’ll hopefully get to uploading some of my photos from my “monastic month” in August.