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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

This premiere fundraising event is hosted by His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap. on September 26th at 6:00pm on the grounds of the Seminary. The evening will include a reception and dinner with music. The proceeds from the Lawn Party help to keep tuition costs affordable.

It has been a busy ordination season! Our Class of 2018 concluded their studies in May and ordinations have been taking place throughout the country…and world!  Join us in congratulating these men and please keep them in your prayers as they embark on their journeys to preach the Gospel and bring God’s people together. We are confident that, with their studies and unique experiences and backgrounds, they will reach many people and be wonderful Roman Catholic priests. Ad multos annos!

James Bates
Diocese of Bridgeport
Ordained: June 2, 2018

Of the 430 potential ordinands to the priesthood this year, 18 will have been formed at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary!

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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