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On Tuesday, February 4th, Fr. Palardy appeared on The Good Catholic Life "to discuss the seminary, its 50th anniversary, the upcoming change in name when Bl. John XXIII is canonized, the elevation of former rector Bishop Peter Uglietto as vicar general for the archdiocese, and the epic softball battles between St. John Seminary and Bl. John Seminary."
On Monday, February 3rd, the Boston Herald wrote an article about our seminarian, Larry Love, and his delayed vocation. "Closing in on 69, some would call Larry a late bloomer. But in the Catholic Church it’s what is known as a delayed vocation, having felt a call on his life to become a padre, to walk away from a thriving career in ophthalmology and live out his faith as a diocesan priest down in his homeland of Tyler, Texas." Read more.
On Friday, January 31st, Fr. Palardy said mass on Catholic TV on the feast of St. John Bosco. You can view the mass on the Catholic TV Network's YouTube channel.
On July 27, 2013, the National Catholic Register has written a lovely article featuring our seminary entitled "Seminary’s Older Vocations Boom: New Priests Reflect on Serving the Church After Leaving Worldly Professions". It featues interviews with Rector William Palardy and several of our seminarians. "The Class of 2013 is representative of the diversity of men who come to the seminary to answer God’s call. The class included men originally from Syria, Haiti, Cuba and Vietnam and from a variety of career backgrounds, including a pediatrician, pilot, accountant, Department of Natural Resources adviser, teacher, counselor and two monks." Read more
Our Class of 2013 is comprised of fifteen accomplished men who answered the calling to priesthood, completely changing their lives. We commend them to Jesus Christ as they join over 600 of their alumni brothers serving in more than 150 dioceses and religious orders throughout our nation and beyond. Please click here to see press coverage of their
ordinations to priesthood.
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.
We are currently planning our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014. As part of this celebration, we completely renovated our chapel during the 2012 summer break. 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.