Office of the Cardinal

Dear Friends of the Lord:

One of the most significant passages in the Bible is Jesus’ last personal instruction to His disciples-“Go forth, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are all called to follow this “Great Commission,” but the young men studying at Saint Joseph’s Seminary are called in a very special and very specific way. In recognizing and responding to God’s call to become the next generation of priests and deacons, these seminarians will mirror the life of Christ as a priest, teacher, and shepherd.

As Saint Joseph’s Seminary enters its 122nd year, we are modernizing the campus with some long needed repairs. We have replaced the roof and the bell tower, updated the fire and sprinkler systems, added much needed air conditioning to the meeting spaces, and renovated the beautiful chapel. These long overdue physical improvements will enhance our nationally renowned seminary, and hopefully inspire more young men to join us.

As you know, Saint Joseph’s Seminary has a great tradition of forming and ordaining holy, faithful and dedicated priests. Many of you are familiar with the financial challenges of educating your children and grandchildren at college. Those same costs exist for our seminarians, but without the option of government scholarships and financial aid. This is why it is the duty of all of us to support these men who will eventually support all of us.

Our priests and deacons form and inform, they nourish and strengthen us, and they heal and guide the people of God throughout their lives as Catholics. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift to supporting this year’s Annual Seminary Appeal. Through His divine love and mercy, God has given us the gift of the young men called to Holy Orders so that we may truly “go forth and make disciples of all nations.”

Thank you for the important part you play in the spiritual development of our priests and deacons as they prepare to advance God’s kingdom.

With prayerful best wishes, I am,