Since 1964... Praying, Serving and Growing.On May 13, 2013, the Catholic News Service released an article - 'The increasing number of men pursuing 'delayed vocations' to the priesthood,' by Joseph Austin. The article included a profile of a seminarian from the Class of 2013 - Michael Fragoso. The Catholic News Service serves 170 media outlets throughout the United States. Here is a link to the article - http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302096.htm
On March 19, 2013, Rev. Thomas F. Schmitt, Dean of Seminarians at Blessed John XXIII was a guest commentator for the coverage of the Installation Mass for Pope Francis I which aired on NECN (New England Cable News). “I think he’s going to put his own personal stamp on his papacy. Already we see that there’s spontaneity there and a special emphasis for the poor and disadvantaged. He’s going to make that a hallmark - reaching out to people, especially those hurting,” said Fr. Schmitt during his appearance. Fr. Schmitt was interviewed by Kristy Lee, co-anchor of the morning news shows on the NECN network. Please click here to see the interview.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., was Principal Celebrant for the Rite of Candidacy on February 22, 2013 at our Seminary. This special event was prominently featured in the Cardinal's weekly blog. Fourteen seminarians were received into Candidacy during this special Mass. Click here for a video excerpt of Cardinal O'Malley's homily, click here to see the individual seminarians answer the call to Candidacy, or click here to view photos of this special Mass.
The Seminary Schola performed three songs during the recent CatholicTV Annual Telethon on February 1-2, 2013. The Schola consists of five seminarians and one faculty member. They are: Vocals - Gregory Bierbaum, ’15, (Diocese of Colorado Springs); Lawrence Love, ’14, (Diocese of Tyler); Russell Mower, ’15, (Diocese of Dallas); and Scott VanDerveer, ’13 (Diocese of Albany). The musicians were Brother Emmanuel Morinelli, OCSO, ’14, (Saint Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA), who played the Harp and conducted the acapella songs; and John Clabeaux, Ph.D., a faculty member who played the Bass. Dr. Clabeaux teaches Sacred Scripture at Blessed John XXIII and has also hosted five series for CatholicTV.
The three performances may be viewed here:
The Magnificat – Holy is Your Name http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEr5FCdVTgg
‘Our Father’ Chant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2doCTJz78I and
The Anthiphon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3LbeRMDyzM
We are currently planning our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014. As part of this celebration, we completely renovated our chapel during the summer break. Included in the photo montage below are photos of the chapel as it previously appeared and the newly-completed chapel. This renovation is one aspect of Pathway to the Future - our first capital campaign. This campaign will emphasize facility improvements, growing our endowment and expanding our library. Please click here for more info.