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Vocation Directors and Bishops

"I have been a Bishop in four dioceses (St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Fall River, Palm Beach and Boston). In each diocese I have had priests from this Seminary and they have all been extraordinary,"

—His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M.Cap., Archdiocese of Boston

"Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary provides an invaluable service to the Church. I have great confidence in the seminary’s administration and faculty and their ability to form men as knowledgeable and compassionate priests with the Mind of the Church and the Heart of a Christ." 

Most Rev. Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington

“Pope St. John XXIII has a special place in the seminary network of the United States. With a focus on the single mission of preparing second career candidates for the priesthood, the Rector and faculty provide a rich spiritual and intellectual environment in which mature men form each other for service to the People of God.”

Most Rev. James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop - Diocese of Brooklyn

“As a second career vocation myself and reinforced by having been a Vocation Director and now a bishop, men who respond to the call of Christ later in life need formation that recognizes their life experiences and also the unique adjustment required to put the secular world behind and follow Him wherever He leads. From my personal experience and walking with seminarians, Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary respects this reality by providing individual attention, a supportive faculty and community  and formation consistent with Church norms.” 

Most Reverend Emeritus Paul J. Swain '88 - Diocese of Sioux Falls – PSJS Class of 1988

"Detroit is very proud to partner with Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in forming our candidates for ministry in today's Church. The formation our men have received has been excellent as they prepare to be shepherds for God's people in Detroit".

—Rev. Tim Birney, Former Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Detroit

“Pope St. John XXIII Seminary (PSJS) has a unique skill and charism for nurturing the vocations of second career seminarians. They accomplish this with an outstanding faculty which is focused squarely on helping the man discern his vocation, and by treating the seminarian's past life experiences as remote preparation and building upon that. All of this is done without cutting any academic or formational corners. PSJS's pastoral and spiritual formation works to produce priests who are both holy and approachable and work well in any parish setting.”

—Most Reverend Felipe Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine


“My bishop sent me to Pope St. John XXIII Seminary as a “second career” seminarian, and I’m glad he did.  It was certainly the right place for me.  Not only does the program of priestly formation at PSJS respect the maturity and life experiences of the “second career” vocation but, as I have learned since ordination, it does so without any compromise to the integrity or “completeness” of the formation process.  The staff and faculty at PSJS presume that their seminarian has demonstrated a certain maturity and responsibility in life already, and they build upon that “remote preparation” for the priesthood in all aspects of the program.  I particularly appreciated the robust pastoral assignments, building up gradually each year as they did, to the ultimate pastoral experience of the “deacon year.”  Finally, everyone at PSJS was truly and genuinely there to help the seminarian discern his vocation.  Their care and concern itself was a wonderful witness to what the priesthood is all about.”

Rev. Msgr. Michael Morgan ‘01


“We are brothers for life.”

—Rev. Larry Love ’14


“The priests and professors were wonderful mentors to me and have left an impact I carry with me always. As an adjunct faculty member, I now carry that responsibility forward.”

—Rev. James Nolte ’12


“The community of men at Pope St. John XXIII continues to amaze me.  It has been a pleasure for me to support the formation journeys of so many men since my ordination fifty one years ago”

—Rev. Dan Crowley ’68


“During my time at Pope St. John XXIII I spent many wonderful days preparing for priesthood. I can’t find the right words to express my gratitude and appreciation for everything that they have done for me and my ministry.”

—Rev. Jaime Garcia ’08


“My classmates and I would not be serving in parishes across the country without a Seminary like Pope St. John XXIII.”

—Rev. Dick Jakubauskas ’99


“As alumni, we must keep the seminary strong and vital for future generations of men yet to answer God’s call.”

—Rev. Richard Fitzgerald ’87


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