Laying the cornerstone

Laying the cornerstone for
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary


Fifty years ago Richard Cardinal Cushing saw the need for a Catholic seminary such as ours.

In 1964, with the encouragement and the explicit blessing of Pope Paul VI, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary became the first seminary in North America established for the formation of men answering the call to priesthood at a later time in their lives.

In 1972 the Seminary was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the Master of Divinity degree.

In 1983 the Seminary became an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools.

In the 2007 Fall Semester, our Seminary introduced a new optional Pre-Theology Program.  This program is for candidates whose Bishops or religious superiors deem it appropriate.

To date, candidates have come to the Seminary from more than 140 dioceses and 23 religious communities. Our 600 alumni serve in dioceses and religious communities throughout the world.