A party to celebrate the 80th year of the Seminary of Venegono Inferiore, in the province of Varese. It will take place today, world day for vocations, and sees the participation of the Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola. The cardinal at 6.30pm will open with a moment of prayer with the students, their families, friends and believers of the various parishes. “We cannot thank the families who have given their sons, the fact is that the vocation begins within the family. The seminar therefore recognizes the primacy of family in giving life education as a vocation, “explained the Rector don Michele Tolve. To enrichen the day several events are to take place: a football tournament in the morning and performances by bands in the early afternoon. The concluding moment, in the evening, a concert with “ParRock”, a rock band formed by seminarians.
The foundation stone of the seminary in Venegono, where, out of the 149 students, 30 are seminarians and novices, was laid in 1928 by Cardinal Eugenio Tosi and the inauguration took place in 1935 under the cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster. The impressive building – famous for its 64 m high tower – where generations of priests were taught in an atmosphere of concentration and meditation, far from the hubbub of the city.There is, along with the library, a cultural heritage of over 140 thousand volumes, including a natural history museum dedicated to Antonio Stoppani, Ambrosian priest and seminary teacher (his pupil was Giuseppe Mercalli whose name is linked to the scale for measuring the intensity of earthquakes). In the museum, it is possible to admire collections of fossils, rocks, minerals and animals, including the giant Nile crocodile.