The flow of seminary life at Allen Hall is governed by a weekly timetable that helps the seminarians to develop an orderly pattern of life. Even so, no week at Allen Hall is exactly the same, as there are often a range of extra events and activities going on.
A Typical Day
This is the basic structure of a weekday at Allen Hall.
|7.30am||Angelus; Private Meditation|
|2.30pm||Private Study/ Formation Meetings/ Academic Tutorials/ Homiletics/ Singing Lessons|
Seminarians have a pastoral placement assigned to them for each year of their studies. This usually means about four hours of pastoral work each week, though the exact time and commitment depends on the individual placement. In the first year the placement is almost always spent on Sunday in a parish, but in other years includes hospitals, hospices, schools, prisons, ethnic chaplaincies amongst others.
Time is set aside twice a week for the community.
Wednesdays – On Wednesday there is a spiritual conference followed by a Holy Hour and community supper. Occasionally these Wednesdays are open to guests, but usually it is a time for the community to spend time together.
Saturdays – As many students have pastoral placements on a Sunday, the community celebrates the Sunday vigil Mass on Saturday night, followed by dinner and social time. The house is very pleased to welcome guests of the seminarians on Saturday nights.
Theology at Heythrop
From the 3rd or 4th year most students go to Heythrop College to study theology; Heythrop has its own timetable of lectures and tutorials, which runs alongside that of the seminary.
Redemptoris Mater House of Formation
The Neocatechumenal Way students from the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation also have their own house timetable. Those in the first two years usually spend most of the day at Allen Hall from Monday to Thursday, and join us for community evening on Wednesdays.
There are regular retreat weekends led by a guest retreat giver, involving a period of recollection running from Friday evening to Monday morning. Such occasions of “desert” give a chance to step aside from the normal rhythms of life in order to listen more attentively to the voice of God.