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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

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

“Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people."

With these words, The Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, instituted twelve seminarians to the Ministry of Reader on October 25, 2017.

This ceremony marks an important step toward ordination. Though they may have been lectors in their own parishes or ministries, now they encounter God's Word in a deeper sense. They proclaim the Scriptures and embrace the role of teachers of God's Word.

Every year of the fall semester, PSJS seminarians and spiritual directors take time away from academics and participate in a week-long retreat.  Taking this time allows the men to slow down after the hectic pace at the start of a new academic year.  It helps the men to center their priorities and to hear God more clearly; it is a time to reflect on their paths and strengthen their resolve to serve God and the people of His Church.  It is good – and at times emboldening - to experience and to be the quiet, to listen.   It is also a great time for fellowship among the men.  At the conclusion

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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