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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

Father Figures

"Father Rick was married with three children, a successful veterinarian and horse expert. In 2005, his wife, Marilyn, tragically died of a heart attack. Slowly Father Lesser turned to his new vocation, the priesthood, and, in 2015, was ordained for the Diocese of Albany at the age of 60."

 “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 https://www.psjs.edu/chapel-live-stream, 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.

Monsignor Dennis F. Sheehan, who was the Fourth Rector of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, died unexpectedly on November 20, 2020. Monsignor Sheehan was a great priest of the Archdiocese of Boston whose pastoral ministry touched the lives of countless men and women. He was a wonderful friend to many of us, and his wonderful wit, keen intellect, and gracious ways will be deeply missed. Please join the community in praying that the Lord will embrace Msgr. Sheehan with His merciful love and grant Msgr. Sheehan the rewards of a faithful life lived in service of His people.

Daily Reflection

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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