“It’s the best office in the seminary” says Fr Ed happily, quoting the Rector, as we walked toward A-block which houses it and the first years. “It’s certainly got the best view”, he says. Indeed, it overlooks a rather typical Carlton streetscape of renovated terrace houses and large trees lining the median strip. Their leaves shift haphazardly in a gentle breeze, which on this sunny Thursday afternoon, all seem to emphasise the laidback and gentle nature of the man sitting opposite me in his new office.
As we gather in this church this afternoon, there are hundreds of people on the other side of the world in the town of Orvieto, Italy, who have been out in the streets since first light. A short drive away in the smaller town of Bolsena, there are hundreds more beginning their day. They are all doing the same thing.