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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.

Welcome Message from Rev. William Palardy

News and Events

His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston, announced a change in leadership at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary today.  The Very Rev. Brian Kiely, S.T.L., Episcopal Vicar for the West Region of the Archdiocese of Boston, was appointed Rector of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary effective August 24th. As has been the case numerous times during the course of his priesthood, Father Kiely has generously accepted the call to a new assignment.  We pray for God’s blessings as he assumes these new responsibilities in forming and educating our future priests.

Given the influx of Hispanic Catholics into the United States and the growing number of dioceses where Spanish is the predominant language, we are excited to announce the addition of a "Certificate in Hispanic Ministry" Program here at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. The seminary curriculum will now include instruction, for those seminarians who are interested, in Spanish language and culture beginning this fall (2016) and will be available every semester during the seminarian’s enrollment.

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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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