Your interest in Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary is appreciated. As Rector, I am pleased to introduce you to our unique institution.
The Pope St. John XXIII Seminary community is committed to our founding mission: the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of candidates between 30 and 60 years of age. Our unique institution is the only American seminary for these mature candidates administered by diocesan priests. For more than four decades, candidates have been accepted from various professional backgrounds; such as law, medicine, business, teaching, sales, banking, social work and military service. The diversity of life experiences shared by these mature seminarians enriches both the Seminary community and their future ministries in the Church.
At Pope St. John XXIII, seminarians are offered a balanced program of priestly formation in a healthy, happy and mature environment specifically suited for the adult learner. The curriculum of theological studies is designed to nurture what is central to our Catholic Faith and Tradition in an integrated human, spiritual and pastoral formation program. The expectation is that candidates applying for admission will have obtained an undergraduate degree and many enter the Seminary having already earned advanced degrees.
Candidates considering admission are sponsored by a diocese or religious order. Our current seminarians represent over thirty dioceses and five religious orders located throughout the United States and beyond. Since 1964, 140 dioceses and religious orders have entrusted the formation of their candidates for priesthood to this Seminary. Our 600 alumni serve throughout the world.
Thank you again for your interest in our Seminary. At Pope St. John XXIII, we are grateful for the opportunity to prepare holy and effective pastoral leaders to serve the faithful of our Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. William B. Palardy
Rector and President