Linwood, New Jersey                                    Fall 2002                                                       Page 1


Groundbreaking Ceremony for new House
of Studies held in July.

  Although the temperature hovered near 98 degrees under a blazing sun, members of the congregation along with invited guests gathered to break ground signaling the beginning of construction on the Missionaries’ House of Studies in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.  Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, Delegate of the Superior General and Regional Superior, along with Fr. Michael Messaro, Formation Director presided at the ceremony which began with a prayer service.




Work begins on the foundation of the new House of Studies.






Groundbreaking ceremony, Sunday, July 28...From left: Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, Fr. Michael Messaro, Fr. Robert McDade, Novices--Peter DiTomasso, Fidelis Ikefuama and Fr. Sigfried Troche.

   Also in attendance were Fr. Robert McDade, Spiritual Director of the Development Program and Vice Rector of Villa Pieta and Fr. Sigfried Troche, Associate Pastor of St. Mary’s along with two Novices, Peter DiTomasso and Fidelis Ikefuama.  All gathered to lift a shovel of earth in the long awaited official groundbreaking.
   The land for the new building was purchased shortly after our Missionaries assumed the staffing of St. Mary’s Parish in Fairfield and St. Rita’s in Blue Ridge Summit in the Diocese of Harrisburg a little over 10 year ago.  The location is adjacent to the church and rectory in Fairfield and is under 10 miles from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg
, MD where our seminarians are studying.
   Residence in the House of Studies will allow the formation program to be an on-going day to day reality.  In the past, students

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