Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Rector leads Parish Theological Seminar in Venice, Italy

The Rector of St Botolph's escorted an enthusiastic group of parishioners
to the annual Parish Theological Seminar, held this year on June 6th-8th in
Venice, Italy.

The group assembled to study in detail the textual dynamics of the Gospel
of St Mark and to enjoy some moments of unique fellowship in a unique city.

Seminars were held in the sacred enclosure of the Abbazia di San Giorgio
Maggiore, the Ecumenical Institute of San Francesco della Vigna, and (by
the kind permission of the Patriarch of Venice himself) in the
spectacularly reordered Seminario Patriarcale.

Seminars, led by the Rector, were offered on, 'St Mark as Gospel and the
City as Palimpsest'; 'St Mark as Gospel: Unpacking the Prologue, Unpacking
the Luggage' and 'St Mark as Gospel: Where does it all end? A life lived in
fear is a life half lived?'

The group enjoyed ecumenical encounters en route with Dom Andrew McNeill,
The Very Revd Professor Roberto Giraldo and The Revd Mgr Lucio Cilia,
Patriarchal Delegate.

The Day of Pentecost was spent with a capacity crowd at worship in the
Anglican Church of St George, Campo San Vio, Venice.

Click on the photos below for a taste of our Venetian adventure.

The group in the Anglican Church on Whitsun morning- Hilary Wild, Church
Warden of Venice, offers a hearty welcome.

The Seminar assembles on the steps of S. Maria della Salute.

The Rector is greeted by Monsignor Lucio Cilia, Patricharchal Delegate and
Rector of the Seminario Patriarcale.

A joke is shared at dinner with Church Warden of St Botolph's, John

The group poses in an urban vineyard with Professor Roberto Giraldo and
his lovely dog, Decibel.

The Rector toasts Ethel Renee, a seminar member from Hong Kong. The Virgin
looks on.

Views don't come much better than this, as the delegates dine *al fresco*
on the Giudecca.

The Rector preaches on the Holy Spirit and the inversion of the Story of