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&--Catholic Northwest Progress March 15, 1963 St. Edwards Seminary Needs a New Chapel Continued on Page 4 sacristy is a constant reminder that this small room and the chapel it serves are for temporary use. From an artistic viewpoint, St. Edward's chapel is one of the poorest. And it is probably one of the more insufficiently illuminated ones also. What is the role of a chapel in a seminary? ? Answered the Most Reverend Thomas A: Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle: "Befitting the center and soul of priestly inspiration, the chapei is very appropriately the heart of the seminary and the principal building of the seminary group. The true sminarian centers his life in Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. To Him he comes at the break of day to offer his prayers, works and strfferings of the ensuing hours. In the chapel, he daily participates in the Sacrifice of the Mass and receives the Eucha- ristic Body of the Great High Priest. In the chapel, he. daily communes with his Master, seeks His guidance and receives His counsel. "Frequently during the day he visits the Eucha- ristic Presence to beg a blessing or to seek further help and encouragement. It is in the chapel that the student, in receiving the various Orders, formally begins the work of consecrating himself publicly to the service of Almighty God. Truly it has ,been said that 'the seminary chapel is the scene of the greatest drama of sacrifice in the life of a mere man.' " No Longer Adequate When St. Edward's Seminary was completed in 1931, the chapel was first located on the first floor. It was more than adequate for 51 minor seminarians from the Archdioceses of Portland and Vancouver, B. C., and the Dioceses of Seattle, Spokane, Baker City and Boise. In 1935, the major seminary department was added and the enrollment sa,w a gradual increase. By 1942 the enrollment jumped to 140 and the chapel, now unable to accommodate the whole community, was transferred to the second flor prayer hall and class- room. The old first-floor chapel room became a study hall and classroom. IT'S always a tight squeeze in the minor semi- nary sacristy before a high Mass. Father O'Neill as celebrant is being attended by David Nelson, master of ceremonies and college sophomore trom Immaculate Conception in Mount Vernon. and James Stanfiel.dl, thurifer, high school junior from St. Catherine's in Seattle. A prayer hall and classroom was also set up in the basement for the "majors" and now is used by college and fourth-year high "sems." Six small rooms behind the basement prayer hall are also used for daily Masses of the S,ulpician faculty. In Use 32 Years The present chapel itself has seen 250 seminarians crammed into its quarters during the seminary's peak enrollments. But despite its size and limitations, the chapel at both temporary locations has been the heart and core of an institution which has produced for 32 years priests for the Pacific Northwest. "The chapel is correct and plain," said Very Rev. Michael J. O'Neill, S.S., seminary president. "But it has not much in the way of external eye appeal for young impressionable students. The chapel should be the most glorious part of the building. The chapel should exemplify the beauty of the liturgy and the graciousness about it for young boys at 'an age where externals are important and impressive." The chapel, Father O'Neill pointed out, is in con- stant use. Daily Mass is celebrated at 6:30 a. m. A particular examen is held at 12:15 before lunch. Ro- sary is said at 7 p. m. and night prayers are recited at 9 p. m. before lights out. On Sundays, solemn Mass is sung at 9:15. The cramped sanctuary does not do much to the heavy traffic during the Liturgy by two acolytes and six torchbearers, .besides the officers of the Mass and main servers. Vespers are sung at 5 p. m. Sundays and are concluded ,with Benediction. The facilities at St. Edward's, built originally to accommodate 112 students, have been strained almost to the breaking point. The Archdiocesan Development Fund calls not only for a new chapel at St. Edward's but also needed dormitory and classroom facilities. "We Need A Chapel" Imposed limitations, brought on by the expansion of a growing Church ,in the Paeifie Northwest, has tended to defeat the very purpose for which the seminary was established. What is more important in a minor seminary -- where boys become men, and finally, priests? "Obviously," Father O'Neill said, "we need a chapel." Books- Gifts Eccles;asfical Supplies "1 Block North of t,he Boa Marche" Religious Supplies ,For :Home, Church and School Sacred Picfures Clerical Accessories Sfafuary Mission and Bazaar Supplies Our Specialy "SERVICE IS OUR BYWORD" Jeanne Sf. Pefer and Neva Sf. Pefer Bellman IVJU'F k ill lmu--I Z L,OU fi FibUla 2010 Third Avenue