Press Coverage featured an article about seminarian (and soon to be graduate!) Jim Cardosi on May 5th, 2015. It gives a beautiful writeup on Jim's calling to the priesthood and his journey.

The Boston Globe covered Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary and Seminarian Kevin Mulligan, who used to be a sportswriter. Article from 3/8/15

The Boston Pilot covered our Alumni Days in their article from 10/31/14. "A record number of alumni priests returned to Weston on Oct. 21-22 as Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary celebrated Alumni Days in a special way in honor of its 50th anniversary year."

The Philadelphia Inquirer covered Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary and Seminarian Kevin Mulligan, who used to be a sportswriter. Article from 10/30/14 "All their life experiences, Mulligan said, tend to resonate with congregations. 'They know that you were out there with them,' he said."

Coverage of our 2014 ordinations:

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a listing of the recent ordination class' answer to the question "People might be surprised to know...", including answers from our own Rev. Jeffrey Archer and Rev. Greg Piatt.

Detroit Free Press - "Amid Catholic church closings, ordination of six priests a sign of hope," featuring our own Rev. Gregory Piatt, June 7, 2014 - covering the ordination of two priests from the Diocese of Springfield, featuring our own Rev. Francis (Frank) Lawlor, June 7, 2014

The Archdiocese of Washington's My Catholic Standard has a feature article about Rev. Kenneth Gill and his secondary vocation in the priesthood.  "We have to remember that the first disciples all had jobs and careers" June 17, 2014

Alumni priest Rev. Anthony Cardone, Pope St John Class of 2011, was featured in the Divine Mercy News, June 17, 2014. "When I was a cop," he says, "I protected people and saved people, and now, through God's grace, I'm trying to save souls. I'm doing the same thing, only at the ultimate level. Battling evil — same thing as when I was a cop."


Pope John XXIII was canonized on Sunday, April 27th. A delegation from the seminary went on a pilgrimage to Italy to attend the ceremony. You can read about our pilgrimage on Facebook. We wwere interviewed by Paula Ebben (WBZ Boston), R.D. Sahl (NECN and Catholic TV ), Richard Weir (WHDH Boston) and Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News.

The Boston Pilot also featured an extensive article on the delegation from our seminary and information on our name change.

On April 15th the Catholic World Report wrote an article about 2nd-career seminarians, featuring a current student and graduate from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary.

On March 27th seminarian Rick Lesser's article, "A Lenten parable: Making maple syrup at the seminary" appeared on Below are two pictures from their maple adventure at the seminary.


Catholic TV, a national cable network, featured Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in two shows - 'Catholic Destinations' and 'Clear Voice.' A short excerpt from their shows, featuring an overview of our unique Seminary, is available at the link at right:

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.

Press Coverage of the 32nd Annual Lawn Party

Weston Town Crier, 9/10/13:

The Boston Pilot, 9/6/13: and

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

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 -

Press coverage of the Class of 2013 Ordinations to Priesthood

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
‘Our Father’ Chant and
The Anthiphon


Coverage of the 31st Annual Lawn Party in The Pilot - September 28, 2012

Coverage of the 20th Annual Blessed John XXIII Golf Tournament in 'The Pilot' - the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston - please click here.


Coverage of Current Seminarians:

Catholic News Service - 'The increasing number of men pursuing 'delayed vocations' to the priesthood,' by Joseph Austin, May 13, 2013. The article included a profile of a seminarian from the Class of 2013 - Michael Fragoso. Here is a link to the article -

Star Gazette - Answered prayers for Ithaca area Catholics – March 30, 2013
Michael G. Fowler

Denver Catholic Register - Bishop's Column - Most Rev. James D. Conley - February 15, 2012

The Catholic Standard & Times - Different lives, same call to priesthood - January 2012


Class of 2012 Ordination Coverage:

John Healy - June 23, 2012 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley ordained six priests for the Archdiocese of Boston

Keith Cummings - June 14-27 2012 - The Arlington Catholic Herald
'A new fraternity' - three men ordained to priesthood

E.Dube - Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal

EdwardRama - The Beacon - Diocese of Paterson_NJ

C.Timothy Corcoran - Bishop Lynch Blog

C.Timothy Corcoran - Tampa Bay Tribune

C.Timothy Corcoran - June 3 2012 - Tampa Tribune

C.Timothy Corcoran - May 25, 2012 - WFLA-TV Tampa Video

For more information, please contact:

Dick Murphy
Director of Institutional Advancement