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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.

News and Events

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.

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.

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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