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In June, 2019, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Board of Commissioners renewed Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary’s accreditation status for 10 years, until spring, 2029. The Board made its decision based on the report of a four member ATS team that visited PSJS from February 25 to 28, 2019.

Members of the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Class of 2020 took their Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith on March 19, 2019.  

The ceremony occurred during Evening Prayer and is a necessary step prior to ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.  It documents the seminarian's willingness to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church in the ministry he exercises. This year, welcomed as an added grace, it happened to occur on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

This article was written by seminarian Daniel McHale who is of the Class of 2021 and studying for the Diocese of Albany, NY .

Feb. 13, 2019 – Most Rev. Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester joined our community Wednesday night as presider at Mass for the Institution of Acolyte.  Family and friends along with priests from representative dioceses came to support nine men who were appointed acolytes as part of their advancement in Seminary formation.

Beloved Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary spiritual director, Fr. Paul P. Gilmartin, S.J., was called home to the Lord on February 4, 2019. Fr. Gilmartin served the Seminary for 25+ years from the 1970’s through the 1990’s.  Many of the Pope St. John XXIII alumni benefited from, and were inspired by, his leadership and humble service to God.  The Gilmartin Room on campus was dedicated as a testament to his strong influence, and now serves as a room for current students to relax, reflect and appreciate the essence of Fr. Gilmartin’s work.


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