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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

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. 

Seminarian Michael Goodreau, Class of 2020 from the Diocese of Springfield, was one of several Pope St. John XXIII seminarians who attended World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland this summer.   Read Michael’s reflection on his experience.

Daily Reflection

Today the Church celebrates the archangels. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel are the greatest of these completely spiritual beings. They are messengers of mercy. They appear in scripture, and they continue to work for our benefit. They share God’s blessings, offer protection, and they pray for us. Let's give thanks to them!

- 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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