It’s late afternoon on Thursday. The golden rays of the setting sunshine through the stained glass windows of the chapel at Our Lady of Providence seminary, a brick, semicircular structure at the center of the seminary campus.
A seminarian sits among the many seats in the chapel, alternating between praying the Rosary, reading from a prayer book, and staring intently at the Blessed Sacrament exposed upon the altar of the chapel, contemplating the mysteries of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and by extension God’s larger plan of salvation. The smell of food faintly permeates the halls immediately leading up to the chapel as the chef prepares the communal dinner for the seminarians, which gives way to the scent of incense in the chapel coming from the thurible near the altar.
During this time, other seminarians periodically come and go, in between classes, private study, and other duties around the seminary. They are occasionally joined by a layman or two, who join their prayers with those of the seminarians.
This scene is typical of the Our Lady of Providence Seminary. Read on at The Rhode Island Catholic.