We are at the end of orientation week and at the beginning of our first week of school at Kenrick. There are many new things to adjust to at the beginning of the year. We have new students, new security procedures, new classes, a new rector, and very importantly, new parking spaces.
This past Wednesday was our famous and annual parking parade. Since all of us have to transition from random parking spaces to our new assigned spaces, Kenrick likes to have a little fun in the process. We get dressed up in costumes, all line up in the street in our cars, and have a parade!
Pictured to the left is our new rector Fr. Michael John Witt, dressed in his engineers cap. To his Left is Brian Fallon wearing something like a picnic tablecloth and some random guys in the lead car dressed like doctors on a summer stroll. I was dressed as a Frenchman with a cool hat with a large feather.
Back to our new rector. The rector is the priest in charge of the seminary. Fr. Witt is only our temporary rector. This means he is only hired for one year while the Archbishop is on a search of a more permanent candidate. Fr. Witt in the past has already served as director of the director of the 300-man-strong diaconate program in St. Louis and as professor of Church history (both jobs which he still has to juggle while being rector of 97 men).
In addition to being a good administrator, he's also an incredibly intelligent Church historian. For many years in St. Louis, he produced a weekly hour-long radio show on topics in Church history. All of the programs are cataloged at http://www.michaeljohnwitt.com/. He actually has us listen to the programs as supplement to his classes when he doesn't have enough time to teach everything.