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"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, 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.

Father Alfred Aloysius McBride, O. Praem., age 91, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on October 23, 2020. Fr. McBride was appointed the Ecclesiastical Assistant for the United States in 1989. He served as consultant to the Archdiocese of Boston for the implementation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and was a Professor of Homiletics and Catechetics at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts during this time.

On Wednesday, October 28, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary was pleased to welcome the Most Rev. Ronald William Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bishop Gainer celebrated Mass to admit 15 men into Candidacy for Holy Orders.


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