I started this blog for a variety of reasons. The situation in Boston has not been recorded in such a fashion before, with daily activities listed and recorded for interested parties to observe. I also hoped to get answers about Bishop Ambrose, and also help cast some light on the real events involving Pablo.
So far, I have not been able to accomplish any of these tasks. The kitchen has taken a great deal of time to manage.
It is practically a double time position, with duties starting at 7am and ending around 1130 nightly, with some breaks in between. I am getting a handle, and I expect to free up some time to participate in classes and document the kinds of studies the seminarians have for this year. I would like to better understand the methodology and consistency of the seminary schedule.
So far, I have sat in on only two lectures. One was about the Ambrose situation, last night, and the other covered semimary etiquette and protocol for the year, to help refresh in the minds of the seminarians just what is expected of each.
I have heard the occasional Latin and history course during my time in the kitchen.
From what little I have seen, the schedule is light years ahead of what I experienced in the first year, and certainly more consistent than in my time as a seminarian. The morale is high, and the seminarians seem to get along well with one another.
Caleb, the head seminarian, has enacted a strict regimen for the other seminarians. This has helped keep tensions low, and has boosted a good atmosphere in Boston.
I hope these seminarians may continue to have a positive and charitable attitude, no matter what happens in the coming months.
As I sit here, the last embers burn from the fire pit behind my temporary home, a little building commonly known as the schoolhouse. The fire is lit nightly by a man who lives and works on the premises. The schoolhouse is one of a few ongoing projects, designed to make the seminary more efficient and welcoming to all who may visit.
My first visit to the seminary was back in July, 2013. The property has improved much since then, thanks to the hard work and efforts of many kind souls.
And Pablo, too...