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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

Please note that the upcoming 28th Annual Golf Tournament – “Fran and Stephen Rowen Memorial” – has been postponed due to precautions taken with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on a possible re-scheduling of the date to a time when it is deemed safe.  Please stay safe and healthy.  We look forward to the time when we can see you again on the links! 

Before the global pandemic COVID-19 altered our world as we know it, the community at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, like many communities, was working hard and was focused on serving others.  Below is an interview by seminarian Dan McHale ’21, from the Diocese of Albany, with fellow third-theologian, Mark Harris of the Diocese of Venice, about Mark’s witness to life in January.   

There was a ray of light and hope at Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary amidst the darkness and confusion that has been surrounding the world lately. On the evening of March 24, in conjunction with sung Evening Prayer, nine men who have dedicated themselves to three years of seminary formation, made the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity. These men come from nine different Arch/dioceses and will be ordained transitional deacons in the months to come. After one more year of seminary formation, they will be ordained to the priesthood.

Daily Reflection

Jesus made Himself like the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies to give life. Our hope springs from that love-filled life.

-Pope Francis

 

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