Finding the Land to Grow Priests
“Part of the difficulty that we all have in a transient age is that everyone is rootless,” explains Rev. Matthew Kauth, Rector of St. Joseph College Seminary. A vocation is a seed of the priesthood, and a seminary by definition is a seedbed. “It’s necessary to create a bit of a buffer, a raised bed as it were, to plant that seed so a young man’s vocation can take root. We want to make sure these men are first rooted in Christ and secondly, organically connected to each other. As such, even their roots are entangled in the Diocese and with their brother priests.”
The property is located just two miles from Belmont Abbey College at 1212 Perfection Avenue where St. Joseph’s seminarians will work toward an undergraduate degree in Philosophy as part of their priestly formation. It connects two parcels straddling the municipalities of Belmont and Mt. Holly and backs up to 50 acres of pasture, creating a buffer to allow for silence, contemplation, and recreation. Strong bonds will be formed between brother priests as they cookout, camp out, and work the land.
“The building, the structure — beautiful as it is — is attempting in its nobility and strength to be an image of that: a reminder of what we are supposed to become as men of virtue.”
The first phase of construction included 40 seminarian rooms, a refectory and kitchen, a conference room, classrooms, administrative offices, faculty rooms, guest rooms, a cloister walk, and a temporary chapel.
|SUMMARY OF PROJECTED COSTS|
|Equipment, Fixtures, and Furnishings||$1,052,000|
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A divine break in the weather during Tropical Storm Florence allowed us to break ground on our new college seminary on September 15, 2018, the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. We are now well down the path to building our new home!
We still need your support to raise the $20 million for this project. We hope you will help build our seminary and support the formation of good and holy priests here in our Diocese where they will serve.
"Do you wish to be great? Then begin from what is slightest. Do you plan to construct a high and mighty building? Then think first about the foundation of humility. When people plan to erect a lofty and large building, they make the foundations all the deeper. But those who lay the foundation are forced to descend into the depths."