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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

The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors held its Annual Convention in Boston from Sept. 30 - Oct. 7. As a component of the convention, on Wednesday, Oct 5th, the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary community hosted a trolley tour of Boston that ended with a traditional New England Clambake at our Weston, MA campus, generously underwritten by the Seminary Board of Trustees.

Recently at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Rev. Michael A.J. Alfano, Director of Pastoral Formation, welcomed field education supervisors for a 2016-2017 “kick-off” luncheon and meeting.  Father Alfano works with seminarians on their areas of interest and places them in pastoral assignments where they will learn, as well as put into practice, ministerial skills outside the classroom.  These experiences will train the seminarians for the types of ministries they will encounter in parishes and communities in their dioceses.

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. 

Daily Reflection

Repair, don't replace. Our society loves the disposable. When it comes to relationships, that thinking can creep in and turn us against each other when things go even a little wrong. Mercy is the “bondo” of relationships, and the work we put into healing is always worth it.

- 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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