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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

On Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, the PSJS XXIII community welcomed to the house Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Providence.  Bishop Evans was with us to institute twelve of our seminarians to the Ministry of Reader.   

This ceremony marks an important step towards ordination. Though they may have been lectors in their own parishes or ministries, now they encounter God's Word in a deeper sense. They proclaim the Scriptures and embrace the role of teachers of God's Word.

We recently welcomed PSJS XXIII Alumni back to Weston on October 18-19.  Msgr. Jim Burnett, Class of 1974 of the Diocese of Davenport in Iowa hadn’t been back since ordination! His permanent smile lit up the halls for two days…we think he enjoyed his visit!

The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors held its Annual Convention in Boston from Sept. 30 - Oct. 7. As a component of the convention, on Wednesday, Oct 5th, the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary community hosted a trolley tour of Boston that ended with a traditional New England Clambake at our Weston, MA campus, generously underwritten by the Seminary Board of Trustees.

Daily Reflection

Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.

- St. Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Seminarian Profile

Diocese of Dodge City | Class of 2017

Mark Brantley began his life’s journey right down the road from Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Waltham, MA. As an Air Force pilot and the son of an FBI agent, Mark has lived and worked in all parts of the world. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a number of years as a commercial airline pilot.

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