October 11, 2010
Workers are still putting finishing touches on Newman Theological College, so students and staff will move in over the semester break.

WCR PHOTO | RAMON GONZALEZ

Workers are still putting finishing touches on Newman Theological College, so students and staff will move in over the semester break.

RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Delays in construction will keep students and staff of Newman Theological College at their temporary location in Sherwood Park until the New Year.

"We've decided to keep the classes where they are until the end of the semester in part because they are still making small reparations and finishing off things and we just didn't want to disrupt the students and the professors," said college president Father Shayne Craig.

"We are actually taking possession of the new building (some time) in October but we are not going to move classes in the middle of the semester; that's basically the point.

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"We (the seminarians) moved into the new (St. Joseph's) seminary (in late August) and they are still doing all kinds of things and so we just didn't want to put the students and the professors (of Newman College) into that kind of a position.

"The construction people are near completion, but they are still finishing off things."

Added Craig, "We will start moving in various things after we take possession of the building and then classes will transfer over to the new building at the end of the semester in December."

The decision to remain in the Sherwood Park location won't affect students and professors "because everybody is already set up out of Sherwood Park for the semester and we have all the offices out there organized."

Students can easily access library materials through a system that gives them access to all the consolidated libraries across Edmonton, Craig said. "They can request books just as if they walked in."

Construction always takes longer than expected, the Newman president noted. "I have learned that construction is very, very complex and that all the different parts are related to each other, so if you have a delay in one sub-trade, for example, like in the millwork or in the glass, it delays other things and so it just compounds."

The college's fall convocation, originally scheduled to take place at the new chapel, has been moved as well. "We moved it for the same kind of reason because they are still finishing off stuff in the chapel," Craig explained.

"We just had to take it out of here for this year and we are having it (Oct. 16) at St. Joseph's High School (10830-109 St.)."

Newman has over 300 registrations for this semester. St. Joseph's Seminary has 35 students from across Western Canada, including 10 studying for the priesthood for the Edmonton Archdiocese.