Wednesday, May 20, 2009

In London, "Vincent Eve"

And so it begins -- a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament, Vincent Nichols' installation as the eleventh archbishop of Westminster got underway earlier tonight with Solemn Vespers in what's formally called the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood.

On his homecoming to the capital -- where he served as an auxiliary bishop from 1992 to 2000 -- the 63 year-old appointee to the top ecclesial post in England and Wales didn't come with a prepared homily, so fullaudio of Nichols' talk is available on-demand courtesy of Archbishop's House.

With four cardinals and the Church of England's archbishops of Canterbury and York both heading up a congregation of some 2,500, EWTN will stream tomorrow's Installation Mass, slated to begin at noon local time (1100GMT; 7am Eastern).

North of the Border, meanwhile, Scotland's last seminary has ordained its final class -- Scotus College in Bearsden is shutting its doors due to low enrollment.