Brother Andrew was among the graduates to receive the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) at St Mary’s College Oscott on Tuesday 29 May. Oscott College awards the pontifical theology degree by affiliation with the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. The Dean of Theology from Leuven travelled to Oscott to take part in the final examinations and to preside at the ceremony conferring the degrees. Other examiners included members of the Oscott teaching staff and external lecturers. Candidates had to defend a written thesis which they had prepared and submitted earlier, and to answer questions on a range of subjects such as moral theology, church history and canon law. The exam and the ceremony mark the end of a long course of study for each seminarian – in some cases up to seven years.
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In the picture you can see Brother Andrew and some of his friends and fellow graduates gathered at the state of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, which looks out over Birmingham from the front of Oscott College. The other graduates in the picture are the Reverend Seminarians Robert Carey, Thomas Mason, Christopher Ainslie, Matthew Roche-Saunders and Nicholas Williams. They will soon be heading off to serve God and the Church in parishes across England and Wales.
Congratulations to Brother Andrew and his fellow graduates!