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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

In June, 2019, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Board of Commissioners renewed Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary’s accreditation status for 10 years, until spring, 2029. The Board made its decision based on the report of a four member ATS team that visited PSJS from February 25 to 28, 2019.

Members of the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Class of 2020 took their Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith on March 19, 2019.  

The ceremony occurred during Evening Prayer and is a necessary step prior to ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.  It documents the seminarian's willingness to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church in the ministry he exercises. This year, welcomed as an added grace, it happened to occur on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

This article was written by seminarian Daniel McHale who is of the Class of 2021 and studying for the Diocese of Albany, NY .

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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