Tue, 21st Nov 14:30 - 15:30
Coffee, tea and a PhD : Iida Saarinen : Making Priests in the 19th century
Iida's PhD research has taken her to explore the lives of priests-to-be, or seminarians, in the nineteenth century. She argues that Scottish Catholic priests, like their counterparts elsewhere, were 'made' rather than simply trained.
She will explain how the Scottish Catholic Mission selected and encouraged suitable boys as young as eight, and trained them to become men of God by the time they were twenty-four.
This training took place in seminaries, boys-only boarding schools, which were either dedicated for the training of priests or offered a similar quality of elite-level education. The training took place in Scotland and abroad and thoroughly transformed these boys.
They were transformed from children into adult priests, but also into manly Christian men, genteel scholars, disciplined subjects of their bishops and the Pope and approachable 'Fathers' to their parishioners. Iida will share her research on how this transformation took place and explore some priestly life stories along the way.