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Posted on 05. Aug, 2016 in Carousel

Fifteen US seminarians to transfer to the Pontifical Irish College, Rome

From September, fifteen seminarians from the Saint John Vianney College Seminary (SJV), from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, will pursue their academic formation at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and are to transfer their residency from the university’s Bernardi campus to the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  These college seminarians will be experiencing a semester in Rome as part of the SJV programme, and will be replaced by another group of SJV seminarians in the second semester. The new arrangement will initially run during the academic year 2016/17.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Pontifical Irish College, along with the board of Saint John Vianney College, approved the new partnership at their June meeting.  Welcoming the seminarians Archbishop Martin said, “The presence of these United States’ seminarians will enrich and consolidate the seminary community in the Pontifical Irish College, under the overall leadership of its rector, Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll.  Together with Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul Minneapolis, I wish the project every blessing and success.”

According to SJV Rector Father Michael Becker, “This new partnership is a testament to the strong collaboration between the University of Saint Thomas’ Catholic Studies Rome Program and Saint John Vianney College Seminary.  Our association with the Pontifical Irish College will only enhance what has already been established.”

Father John Bauer, SJV formator, will also take up residence next month in the Pontifical Irish College along with the fifteen seminarians.  Father Bauer said, “It is hoped that this formative experience will connect SJV seminarians with both Irish seminarians and the international community of post-graduate priests who live at the college.  It will also provide SJV seminarians, as they continue their studies in the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, with an opportunity to experience the vitality of the universal Catholic Church, and form intercultural friendships, while pursuing their studies.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • Founded in 1628, the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, is home to 50 students, with fourteen coming from Ireland and the others representing many different nations.  The College is home to a seminarian community and a post-graduate community.  Four Irish diocesan priests make up the staff of the college, led by the rector Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll.
  • Established in 1968, Saint John Vianney College Seminary is the largest college seminary in the United States.  Each year more than 120 men, representing twenty dioceses, discern a vocation to the priesthood while earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Thomas.
  • The University of Saint Thomas, founded in 1885 in Minnesota, by Archbishop John Ireland, is a Catholic comprehensive urban university that emphasises values-centred, career-oriented education.