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Welcome to Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary

The Pope St. John XXIII Seminary community is committed to our founding mission: the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of candidates aged 30 and older. Our unique institution is the only American seminary for these mature candidates administered by diocesan priests. For more than four decades, candidates have been accepted from various professional backgrounds; such as law, medicine, business, teaching, sales, banking, social work and military service. The diversity of life experiences shared by these mature seminarians enriches both the Seminary community and their future ministries in the Church.

Read a Welcome Message from Very Reverend Brian R. Kiely, Rector

News and Events

On Friday, September 2nd, the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary community celebrated the opening day of classes with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.  We were blessed to have Archbishop of Boston, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap. presiding.  During his homily, Cardinal Seán reflected on the well-known sacrifice of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a prisoner at the Auschwitz Nazi prison camp during World War II, when he stepped forward to take the place of another camp prisoner who was chosen for execution. 

Seminarian Michael Goodreau, Class of 2020 from the Diocese of Springfield, was one of several Pope St. John XXIII seminarians who attended World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland this summer.   Read Michael’s reflection on his experience.

Daily Reflection

It’s good to take time and bless the rooms of the place we live, or work. This prayerful focus reminds us that every place can be a holy place. Where we meet one another is always God’s dwelling place first. Mercy is present, to be a defense against our selfish impulses.

- Fr. Bill Murphy

Seminarian Profile

Diocese of Albany | Class of 2017

“Why do you want to be a priest?” 

"It stops me in my tracks.  I immediately think:  I don’t want to be a priest.  I believe God – for reasons I may never fully understand – has decided that for me.  God is persistent."

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