Answering the Call of Christ

When Christ first called His Apostles, He did so internally and externally. Internally He prepared them by grace to desire something more. Internally He cultivated that longing until the time in which He would encounter them externally. There is no other explanation for the immediacy of their response, to drop their nets and follow Him. For three years they lived in His company. It was the first seminary. St Joseph College Seminary is at Christ’s service. The pattern of Christ’s action is the same. Men come to us who have been altered interiorly by grace, moved externally by the support of the Church, and seek to live in His company. They seek to be friends of Christ by His election. Are you one of them?

Forming Priests For a Growing Diocese

The Catholic faith in North Carolina is growing, and the need for priests to serve our growing flock is great. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to form priests in the diocese of Charlotte, among the people and parishes they will one day serve. Learn about the special calling of the priesthood and the Bishop's dream to have a priest in every parish.

September 15, 2020 – Two years after breaking ground, we celebrated the official ribbon cutting and blessing of the new seminary building with Bishop Peter Jugis. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. September 12, 2020 – The seminarians were hard at work preparing the seminary grounds for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on September 15. They prayed and worked from 8:30am to 8:30pm, and we were blessed with a bow in the sky towards the end of the day. August 2, 2020 – For the first time, upperclassmen help the new Echo Class move their belongings into the residential wings of the seminary. July 21, 2020 – The new building is standing at ready for its seminarians to move in shortly. May 18, 2020 – After seeing clay and mud for so long, we are blessed with a nice green lawn in front of the seminary! May 14, 2020 – The seminarians are working hard as they transfer boxes from the former four house of the seminary to the new seminary in Mount Holly. April 23, 2020 April 23, 2020 April 17, 2020: The new seminary glows in the night! April 10, 2020: The men get into the spirit of Good Friday by walking the Way of the Cross on the new seminary grounds. April 10, 2020: The men get into the spirit of Good Friday by walking the Way of the Cross on the new seminary grounds. April 10, 2020: The men get into the spirit of Good Friday by walking the Way of the Cross on the new seminary grounds. March 19, 2020 – Four years ago, we began. One year ago we laid the first footing. Here we are today. March 19, 2020 – Four years ago, we began. One year ago we laid the first footing. Here we are today. March 9, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 4, 2020 December 11, 2019 - Framing for the seminary’s tower and pointed arches began this week, as did the stonework on our front façade. December 11, 2019 - Framing for the seminary’s tower and pointed arches began this week, as did the stonework on our front façade. December 11, 2019 - Framing for the seminary’s tower and pointed arches began this week, as did the stonework on our front façade. December 10, 2019 – Our cloister walk is essentially complete, painting of the interior walls has begun, and our brickwork is just about finished! December 10, 2019 – Our cloister walk is essentially complete, painting of the interior walls has begun, and our brickwork is just about finished! December 10, 2019 – Our cloister walk is essentially complete, painting of the interior walls has begun, and our brickwork is just about finished! December 10, 2019 – Our cloister walk is essentially complete, painting of the interior walls has begun, and our brickwork is just about finished! November 14, 2019 - Our brick work is coming along beautifully, and the cloister and buttresses are now finished. This section you see here shows the exterior of our temporary chapel (which will later become the refectory) on the second floor. November 14, 2019 - Our brick work is coming along beautifully, and the cloister and buttresses are now finished. This section you see here shows the exterior of our temporary chapel (which will later become the refectory) on the second floor. October 30, 2019 - As our cloister arches go up, we can start to imagine the seminarians quietly walking through them as they pray their rosary and and meditate on His mysteries. October 30, 2019 - As our cloister arches go up, we can start to imagine the seminarians quietly walking through them as they pray their rosary and and meditate on His mysteries. October 30, 2019 - As our cloister arches go up, we can start to imagine the seminarians quietly walking through them as they pray their rosary and and meditate on His mysteries. October 30, 2019 - As our cloister arches go up, we can start to imagine the seminarians quietly walking through them as they pray their rosary and and meditate on His mysteries. October 11, 2019 - The craftsmen constructing our brickwork have been very busy this week…and doing beautiful work! As we move toward the more communal and therefore celebrated part of the seminary building, the language of brick and stone becomes more elegant. October 11, 2019 - The craftsmen constructing our brickwork have been very busy this week…and doing beautiful work! As we move toward the more communal and therefore celebrated part of the seminary building, the language of brick and stone becomes more elegant. October 11, 2019 - The craftsmen constructing our brickwork have been very busy this week…and doing beautiful work! As we move toward the more communal and therefore celebrated part of the seminary building, the language of brick and stone becomes more elegant. September 30, 2019 - It was standing room only when the Diocese of Charlotte's Vicar General (Fr. Patrick Winslow) and CFO (Bill Weldon) joined our seminarians for lunch last week. September 30, 2019 - It was standing room only when the Diocese of Charlotte's Vicar General (Fr. Patrick Winslow) and CFO (Bill Weldon) joined our seminarians for lunch last week. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 26 - Members of the Alpha Class stopped by the property to write prayers of thanksgiving on the walls of the seminary and to thank the construction crew for their hard work. September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 20, 2019 - Brickwork for our new building is nearly half complete! September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - On the anniversary of our groundbreaking, we processed and chanted the Vexilla Regis, litanies, and Te Deum before planting His cross on the hill behind our seminary – the area where the wood was first taken from. September 15, 2019 - After planting the cross, we prayed the chaplet of our Lady of Sorrows along our newly built path to the house of Magistra (joined by her dog, Rupertus). September 15, 2019 - After planting the cross, we prayed the chaplet of our Lady of Sorrows along our newly built path to the house of Magistra (joined by her dog, Rupertus). August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 21, 2019 - Progress on our new seminary is moving rapidly along. The framed Gothic arch windows are finished and another brick wall is nearing completion. Looking at the full moon over the building in the early morning, it is easy to imagine our men seeing and feeling God’s presence on this beautiful land. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. August 7, 2019 - The residence is now enclosed, the roof is on, and one wall is finished. Jacob Wolf and Mark Read were on hand yesterday crafting the main entry doors. June 28,2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 28,2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 28,2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 27, 2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 27, 2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 27, 2019 - Here’s a look at the mock up wall which shows the brick and cast stone which will adorn our building. June 11, 2019 – Young men participating in Quo Vadis Days 2019 tour the construction site of St. Joseph College Seminary. May 16, 2019 - It's been a great week of work on the new home for our seminarians. The trusses are going up on the residence, as well as the steel for the academic and administration side. May 16, 2019 - It's been a great week of work on the new home for our seminarians. The trusses are going up on the residence, as well as the steel for the academic and administration side. May 16, 2019 - It's been a great week of work on the new home for our seminarians. The trusses are going up on the residence, as well as the steel for the academic and administration side. May 1 2019 - Decking is finished on our residential wing, and the final footings are going in today! Stay tuned – next week the slab on the deck will go in! May 1 2019 - Decking is finished on our residential wing, and the final footings are going in today! Stay tuned – next week the slab on the deck will go in! May 1 2019 - Decking is finished on our residential wing, and the final footings are going in today! Stay tuned – next week the slab on the deck will go in! May 1 2019 - Decking is finished on our residential wing, and the final footings are going in today! Stay tuned – next week the slab on the deck will go in! May 1 2019 - Decking is finished on our residential wing, and the final footings are going in today! Stay tuned – next week the slab on the deck will go in! April 28, 2019 - Seminarians Luke Martin, Clement Akerblom, and Sebastian Alvarez look very serious as they supervise construction on their future home! (Note the name of our steel erectors on their company truck!) Fr. Kauth and Fr. Buettner access the progress. April 23, 2019 - Father Kauth with his mother and sister, Sister Catherine Marie, are on site to watch as steel goes up for the residential building today! April 23, 2019 - Father Kauth with his mother and sister, Sister Catherine Marie, are on site to watch as steel goes up for the residential building today! April 23, 2019 - Father Kauth with his mother and sister, Sister Catherine Marie, are on site to watch as steel goes up for the residential building today! April 18, 2019 – The slab for our building was poured on Holy Thursday, the day of the priesthood, right after Fr. Kauth and Sr. Mary Raphael placed Miraculous Medals, St. Benedict Medals, and palm branches around the perimeter. The white habit amidst the wet clay drew curious looks from the construction crew. March 19, 2019 - After months of rain, and thus delays, crews laid the foundation for our new college seminary on the Feast of St. Joseph, three years to the day after the canonical erection of St Joseph Seminary. What could be more fitting? March 19, 2019 - After months of rain, and thus delays, crews laid the foundation for our new college seminary on the Feast of St. Joseph, three years to the day after the canonical erection of St Joseph Seminary. What could be more fitting? February 5, 2019 – Creek Crossing has begun! The ground is finally dry enough to fill in the culvert to allow heavy equipment onto the property to start cutting footings! Nov. 16, 2018 - Happy to see the sun shining over the site of our seminary building project! Need things to dry out so we can get building again! October 31, 2018 - Cassocks on the construction site! Several seminarians stopped by to check out the progress on their new home as the sun was setting on the land. September 15, 2018 - No umbrellas were needed as the bishop, formators, and special guests tossed ceremonial shovels of dirt while a choir of seminarians sang Psalm 126 with its antiphon, “May the Lord build us a dwelling.” September 15, 2018 - No umbrellas were needed as the bishop, formators, and special guests tossed ceremonial shovels of dirt while a choir of seminarians sang Psalm 126 with its antiphon, “May the Lord build us a dwelling.” September 15, 2018 –Seminarians held 12 poles symbolizing the 12 apostles for nearly an hour. The Bishop told the men that they held up the canopy like St. Francis held up the Church in the Pope’s dream. He said they would be the ones to hold Her up in the near future and renew Her. September 15, 2018 - The winds picked up a bit as Deacon Peter Tonon read Matthew 7:25, “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” September 15, 2018 – “It is His work that we are cooperating with, collaborating with, and it is all of course for the greater glory and honor of His name,” said Bishop Jugis. September 15, 2018 - “We’re here today to ask God’s blessing on St. Joseph College Seminary,” Bishop Jugis said. “We pray that what we begin today, He will be happy to bring to a successful completion, because this is the Lord’s work after all.” September 15, 2018 - The crowd chuckled when the bishop said, “We pray that God will continue to shower down His blessings upon this effort of ours.” September 15, 2018 - The bishop presided over the ceremonies attended by St. Joseph College seminarians, priests from throughout the diocese, dignitaries from the cities of Belmont and Mt. Holly, Belmont Abbey College faculty, and members of the laity. September 15, 2018 - Despite torrential downpours from Tropical Storm Florence the evening before, the rain stopped just before the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Joseph College Seminary began and did not start again until the bishop offered a final blessing over the seminarians. September 14, 2018 - The Charlie Class of seminarians planted a cross at the future entrance of the new seminary on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Perfect preparation for the groundbreaking which took place the next day! September 14, 2018 - The Charlie Class of seminarians planted a cross at the future entrance of the new seminary on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Perfect preparation for the groundbreaking which took place the next day! September 14, 2018 - The Charlie Class of seminarians planted a cross at the future entrance of the new seminary on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Perfect preparation for the groundbreaking which took place the next day! October 22, 2017 – St. Joseph College seminarians celebrate with Bishop Jugis after he blessed the land where the seminary will be built. October 22, 2017 - Bishop Jugis blesses the land where the seminary will be built. October 22, 2017 - Bishop Jugis blesses the land where the seminary will be built. October 22, 2017 - Bishop Jugis arrives in style to bless the land! On September 8, 2017, the Diocese purchased the 86 acres of wooded land – plenty of room to put down roots deep enough to grow and support seminarians in our Diocese for generations to come. October 22, 2017 - Bishop Jugis was transported to the seminary’s undeveloped site on a large green four-wheeler, cheered on by 16 enthusiastic college seminarians.

Forming Priests For a Growing Diocese

The Catholic faith in North Carolina is growing, and the need for priests to serve our growing flock is great. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to form priests in the diocese of Charlotte, among the people and parishes they will one day serve. Learn about the special calling of the priesthood and the Bishop's dream to have a priest in every parish.
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Why Create A College Seminary
In the Diocese of Charlotte?

The Catholic population has grown tremendously since our Diocese was formed 40 years ago. Providentially, the number of men being called to the priesthood has also increased. Until now, college-aged men discerning a vocation were sent to seminaries more than 400 miles away. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to help form priests here in the Diocese of Charlotte, where they will one day serve.

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Join St. Joseph College Seminary For Solemn Vespers

The Liturgy of the Hours is the heartbeat of the Church, and Vespers is one of the most robust hours. You are invited to join St. Joseph College seminarians in praying this beautiful Liturgy and join the worldwide community in praising God through psalms and hymns. Click here to learn more about Solemn Vespers, hear a sampling of chants by our seminarians, and view the upcoming dates, times, and locations of Solemn Vespers.
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Where Do Our Seminarians
Come From?

Our current seminarians come from parishes located in each region of our Diocese, from Tryon to Asheboro and Boone to Charlotte. Their diverse educational backgrounds include home schooling, Catholic schools, and public school environments. They are all from our Diocese and, God willing they are ordained, will return to our Diocese to serve in our parishes. You can click on the box below to view the home parishes of St. Joseph College Seminarians.
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What is a College Seminary?
Is it Different from College?

College Seminary is a place where men are free to listen to and discern who God is calling them to be. Seminarians attend classes and earn a bachelor’s degree with students on a traditional college campus and live in a community of prayer, formation, and social connection. They receive formation to help them mature in their relationship with Christ and prepare them for entrance into the Theologate, or major seminary, if that is God’s plan for them.
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Collegiate Pursuits Begin at Belmont Abbey College

St. Joseph College Seminary is affiliated with Belmont Abbey College, where our seminarians major in Philosophy in preparation for theological studies at the graduate level. Their academic and personal growth is further enhanced through interaction on campus with Catholic and non-Catholic students from across the country and engagement in the parishes of the Dioceses.
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Are You Being Called To the Priesthood?

God calls each of us to follow Him in different ways. You may be looking for a clear sign that priesthood is definitely what He has in mind for you, but God typically works in more subtle ways. College seminary provides the environment, people, and tools necessary to clarify and deepen your discernment of God's Will, and time to decide if the priesthood is your true vocation.

Bishop Jugis Declares 2020 the “Year of St. Joseph” for For the Diocese of Charlotte

This year, the faithful of our Diocese are called to honor St. Joseph, the guardian and protector of the Church, with heartfelt prayer and devotion. As the patron of our seminary, our men seek to model the virtue and courage of St. Joseph. In this video, learn the meaning of our motto, Noli Timere, the words the angel spoke to St. Joseph before he took Mary as his wife.
The Year of St. Joseph
"The Priest offers his humanity to Christ, so that Christ may use him as an instrument of salvation, making him as it were into another Christ."
Pope St. John Paul II