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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 February 10, 2021, Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary was blessed to have His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, preside over the institution of two pre-theology seminarians, eight first year seminarians and one second year seminarian to the Ministry of Acolyte. Though the installation Mass was different from past years, because of COVID-19 safety protocols, the important role it plays in the formation of these men in their journey towards becoming priests remains equally important.

On February 3, 2021, eight seminarians attending Pope John XXIII National Seminary were instituted into the Ministry of Lector by the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan of the Diocese of Columbus. These men are Joseph Danzi, Diocese of Brooklyn; James DiVasto, Diocese of Bridgeport; Gustavo Correa Garcia, Diocese of Worcester; Jason Fox, Diocese of Columbus; Peterclaver Kiviiri, Diocese of Columbus; Luis Marquez, Diocese of Brooklyn; Edgar Serrano, Diocese of Orlando; and Aaron Yohe, Diocese of Columbus.

We offer our congratulations to these men and pray that their new roles as lectors will enable them to further pursue their preparation to become priests and serve the faithful.

 “VIRTUAL First Friday Visits”  - We will host interested men once a month by inviting them to join the Seminary community for prayer and a zoom information session.  These brief and informal evenings will begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 7:00 PM.  During their virtual visit here, the men will join the community for Holy Hour and Evening Prayer, followed by an informational zoom session with seminarians.  If a candidate wishes to speak with a priest faculty member during his virtual visit, we will arrange for that as well.


The Word of God consoles and encourages us. At the same time it summons us to conversion, challenges us, frees us from the bondage of our selfishness. For His word has the power to change our lives and to lead us out of darkness into the light.

-Pope Francis

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