“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of talk about service and social justice.)  I wonder how many ended up making it to ordination, and how many today are still priests…?

The description:

This is a promotional film for Cathedral College Seminary in Douglaston, NY. Cathedral College was a Roman Catholic college seminary which opened in 1967 and closed in 1987. It was a 4-year liberal arts college for young men interested in the Catholic priesthood. The film was made to generate interest in the school and to promote enrollment. A camera crew documented life at the school over a period of several months in 1973, culminating with graduation. The film begins with an aerial view of New York City and focuses in on Cathedral College and the surrounding neighborhood in Queens.

The quality isn’t great, but take a look for yourself.  (A shout-out to my colleagues in the diocese: do you recognize anyone??)

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  1. Looks like Terrence Cardinal Cooke at the 11:40 mark. Most of the rest of the time, and especially at the commencement exercise shown at the rest of the time, it appears to be Brooklyn Bishop Mugavero who is officiating.

    Deacon Greg, you must pass this on to Msgr. McGuirl at your neighboring parish (Our Lady of Mercy) in Forest Hills. He may have been at Cathedral College during that time, and, if so, might be able to put some names to faces.

  2. Fr. Matt says:

    Wow, I was uhmmmmm (I can’t think of a word!) at hearing the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil, irony, perhaps?

  3. I should have written “you might” (in the second paragraph) rather than “you must”.

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