50th Anniversary

One of the most awe-inspiring and reverent liturgies I have ever encountered within the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite took place right in my own home. This semester we were glad to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our seminary, St. John Vianney in Miami. His Excellency Archbishop Favalora, who is truly devoted to the school and its cause, presided at the Mass with alumni from every decade, comprising bishops, priests, deacons and lay alumni.

 H.E. Archbp. Favalora greets the servers beforehand:

A mural in our chapel, by Gabriel Loire:

Torchbearers process in at the Sanctus:

Delivering the homily:

Archbishop Favalora incenses the altar:



Also! Check out this article from the front page of last Sunday’s Miami Herald featuring St John Vianney!



8 Responses to “50th Anniversary”

  1. Fr. Larry Says:

    What is that scribbling above the the Altar?

    • C. Whitty Says:

      That “scribbling” is a very wonderful, original mural piece by French artist Gabriel Loire, which was started in 1966. It is a stylized collage of imagery from Scripture including Tobit, Luke, and the Acts of the Apostles. The main message of the piece depicts the mission of the Apostles to evangelize the whole world. I study it every morning and find new things to meditate on.

      • Joe Heschmeyer Says:

        I’m with Fr. Larry on this one. I don’t doubt that, given its focus on Scripture, the piece can be useful for spiritual growth and meditation (I suspect that any Christian art can), but here, the strokes are violent and overly abstract. It reminds me of nothing so much as the slash marks on the Black Madonna or the damage done to the Pieta. It’s almost as is the artist created a religious work, and then marred it with black lines… only here, there’s only the black lines. And the figures are contorted and unnatural. I found the whole thing vaguely unsettling.

        Catholic art, as you know better than anyone (given the nature of the blog you run), can do an incredible job of lifting the spirit; and for someone with an eye for artistic merit, which you seem to have, I’ve no doubt that you can draw pollen from even the ugliest of flowers. But for someone like myself, who enjoys but often doesn’t understand art, this piece seems to obfuscate the very Person it should present to us. It was the first thing I noticed in the picture, and I suspect the same can be said for Father. I looked at Loire’s other works, which you linked to, and he’s clearly immensely talented: this one just wasn’t a winner, in my estimation.

      • Fr. Larry Says:

        Thank you

  2. C. Whitty Says:

    There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

  3. Fr. Larry Says:

    Thank you for the explanation.

  4. C. Whitty Says:

    Let me just add, the mural does take some getting used to.

  5. Fr. Larry Says:

    After your explanation, I looked at it again and could see some figures in the picture which from a distance were less noticeable.

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