This growth in the Diocese of Charlotte has been echoed in many other dioceses in the southeast, as Catholics from the northern states move south and Protestant populations convert in large numbers. Yet, this hasn’t corresponded to a growth in the number of southern seminaries to serve the burgeoning population of Catholics; there isn’t a minor seminary in the southeast between northern Virginia and southern Florida. The need for priests to serve this growing population is great, and, providentially, the Diocese of Charlotte has been blessed with many young men who have responded generously to God’s call to the priesthood. Eighteen are currently in training, with another nine set to begin in the Fall of 2016. For these seminarians, responding to God’s call currently means being sent for their first four years of formation to a minor seminary in a distant state. Looking at the growth of our diocese, and our current and future need for many more priests to serve it, now is the time for us to invest in recruiting and training these young men locally.
St. Joseph College Seminary working in conjunction with Belmont Abbey College is the ideal solution to create a fertile environment for their priestly vocation to develop, to train them with a dynamically orthodox formation, and to provide them with a home close to the people they will one day serve. And you can be a part of it. We invite you to join us in this mission!