Handcrafted Wooden Cross Helps Transition St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to Gwynedd Valley

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Image via Sarah Webb at CatholicPhilly.com.
Seminarian Rob Bollinger, holding the wooden cross he handcrafted.

Rob Bollinger — currently studying for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary — is lending a unique talent to the institution’s transition from Overbrook to Gwynedd Valley. News Net Daily carried the Catholic News Service story.

Bollinger is currently in year seven of a nine-year program that will ordain him as a priest.

It’s a rigorous journey, involving intense study, deep spiritual preparation, and an active schedule of community service engagements.

To provide himself with a break, Bollinger taught himself woodworking skills, mimicking techniques demonstrated in online videos.

His talent sharpened with the success of a series of smaller projects.

That adeptness made Bollinger a natural choice to craft a cross for the seminary’s new campus, adjacent to Gwynedd Mercy University. Appropriately, the wood for it came from a bench found in a basement on the soon-to-be repurposed Overbrook site.

The religious icon, seven feet of white poplar, was installed in Gwynedd Valley on Dec. 8.

In dedicating it, Auxiliary Bishop Timothy C. Senior, seminary chancellor, said, “There is undeniably a sense of sadness about leaving our Overbrook campus.

“But continuity is very important.

“And this cross is an expression of that.”

More on Rob Bollinger and his artistic contribution to the relocated St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is at News Net Daily.

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