Visit from Cardinal Ouellet

On Friday, September 8, the seminary had a visit from a former rector, Marc Cardinal Ouellet. Cardinal Ouellet, who is the Archbishop of Quebec (and thus the primate of Canada), was rector in the mid-1990s. We had Mass, a banquet, and then a special Q&A session with the seminary community.

The music from the Mass was amazing. Trumpets, organ, piano, and severa voices singing in multipart harmony. We set up Andrew’s camcorder to capture the video and sound. Unfortunately, the tape ran out part way through the second communion hymn, so we didn’t quite get the whole Mass. But the sound turned out not too bad for a camera set up on the balcony. There is some noise from the fans and occasionally the trumpets overwhelmed the camera’s stereo mic, but I present the MP3 files below:

1. Entrance: Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet – The trumpets were on the balcony for this one, so they do overwhelm the mic in a few places.
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Psalm – This beautiful, a cappella setting was arranged by Geoffrey Angeles.
5. Gospel Acclamation – Haunting harmonies on this one.
6. Offertory: from the Rangueil Mass – My favorite recording from Friday. Beautiful, a cappella hymn.
7. Preface / Sanctus
8. Memorial Acclamation
9. Amen
10. Communion hymn: Gather Us Together

Below are a few photos from the evening:
The deacons and the cardinal

Marc Cardinal Ouellet

Me at Mass - the priests have all gone up to the sanctuary.

New email address

I have a new email address. Actually, it’s always been there, but now I’m making it public for those who want to email me:

darryl at

If spammers pick it up, then I hope Gmail’s spam filtering is as good as’s was. :-)

This will forward to my Gmail account (at the moment). The nice thing about using the domain name is that if gmail ever went down (which would be amazing in itself), I could theoretically forward mail someplace else.

Unfortunately, my old emails and address book are on my account. So, until comes back on, I have no access to my old emails and addresses, except for the few that are on my Palm.


Internet woes

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately, I’ve been hit by two major problems with internet connectivity in the past week.

First, the college/seminary system has been hit by DDOS attacks (thousands of computers overwhelming our router), so the internet availability has been sporadic.

Second, my email provider ( has experienced a major server problem. I currently don’t have email and will likely not have email until Saturday. I am seriously considering changing my email system, even though my paid subscription doesn’t run out until February next year. 40+ hours with no email is pretty bad for a paid service…

Otherwise, things are going well. I’m moved in and classes started this week. The retreat was great, too!