Message From The Rector
I am pleased to share with you a few thoughts on our overall program here at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. We believe the challenging goal of the Seminary is to assist candidates for the priesthood to acquire the knowledge and pastoral skills that will enable them to serve as effective ministers and shepherds for God's people. Ordained priesthood is a call to unite oneself in a special way to the person and mission of Jesus Christ continued by His Church. The chief requirement for this must be constant growth in personal holiness.
Therefore everything in the Seminary life and program must serve to facilitate this growth in union with Christ and in personal holiness. To fulfill his mission effectively, the priest is called to be a teacher, a sanctifier, a builder of community. We see it as a call to personal growth in an ecclesial context and thus our program encompasses four major "pillars" of formation:
- human formation
- spiritual formation
- academic formation
- pastoral formation
Through a careful integration of these components, the candidate learns to live and act "in the person of” Christ, the High Priest. He deepens his personal faith and commitment to service. A vivid awareness of God's saving presence in the contemporary world emerges along with a growing understanding of the tradition of the Church and of contemporary theology. An informed appreciation of the nature of priesthood and the celibate commitment blossoms through this vital confluence of personal growth, spiritual development, theological knowledge and pastoral skills.
We welcome your interest and encourage your exploration of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. We have worked very hard to fashion an excellent program rooted in the belief that God's precious people deserve nothing less.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. William B. Palardy