A group of seminarians from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth recently visited the Royal Scots College in Salamanca, Spain, on the annual inter-seminary soccer trip. Accompanied by Fr. Michael Shortall and Fr. Shane O’Neill, seven of our seminarians were kindly hosted by the staff and Propaedeutic seminarians of the Scots College from Saturday 11th to Tuesday 14th March. This coincided with the March midterm reading week.
In past years it has become a tradition on such visits to other seminaries to host a soccer game, and this recent visit to Salamanca kept this tradition alive and well. After a tense and close game with the seminarians from the Scots College, the Maynooth seminarians secured victory with a comfortable 5-2 win. Highlights of the trip also included liturgies and social gatherings in the Scots College, walking tours of the city and cathedral, and a visit to the historic Dominican monastery of San Esteban. There was a profound sense of appreciation among the group in visiting such a historic place as Salamanca; a place connected in history with great saints such as St. Ignatius, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.