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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

We invite you to read our latest news publication, Sparks of Light.  In this issue, we highlight the men who have been ordained as priests this summer, as well as share news of note from the Seminary community.  We hope you enjoy! 

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary is pleased to announce that the Annual Lawn Party will be in-person in 2021.

Missing from photo: Br. Stephen Shanahan, OCSO

Join us in congratulating and praying for the Class of 2021 as they return to their dioceses to be ordained to the priesthood to serve God, His people, and His Church. May they be filled with God’s grace and many blessings.



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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