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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 five 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 Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the community of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary celebrated ten of our Third Year Theologians who were accepted as worthy candidates for Holy Orders.  The Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California, was welcomed to the Seminary as celebrant of the Mass.

We were delighted to have The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton, PA, with us as Principal Celebrant at the Ministry of Acolyte for the Class of 2021. The installation was held on Dec. 6, 2017.

The ministry of Acolyte is one of service at the altar. Think of the man who brought the scroll to Jesus in the synagogue or the boy whose loaves and fishes provided the food that Our Lord multiplied for thousands, or Joseph of Arimathea who provided the tomb and linens for the burial of the crucified Christ. It's a ministry of attentive service and love.

Join us in congratulating seminarian Lambert Nieme ’18 for his recent participation in a conference held at University of Notre Dame.

Daily Reflection

Faith is a great life companion, allowing us to feel the presence of a Father who never leaves His creatures alone.

-Pope Francis


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