In 1876, one Benedictine monk and two students made the arduous journey from Latrobe, Pennsylvania to the deep woods of Belmont, North Carolina, where Catholics were so few in number. Nearly a century would pass before their small numbers would be sufficient to form the Diocese of Charlotte (1972). Fashioning bricks of North Carolina clay, the monks built Mary Help of Christians Monastery and Belmont Abbey College, cultivating the mission that would become one of the fastest growing, most faithful, and vibrant dioceses in America.

Through the grace of God, and a touch of divine irony, we are those now being called to be modern day missionaries who will commit to building St. Joseph Seminary. This time, in the dense wood of a nation in the midst of cultural decay, we will form strong, academically excellent, and faithful men to serve God as priests in the South, and in particular, in the Diocese of Charlotte. I invite you to join us in this holy, Catholic, and apostolic undertaking. May God bless you.

Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte