Foundations in Faith
We are blessed that 35 of the men currently studying for the priesthood from our diocese have passed through the halls of St. Joseph College Seminary. For the first time, 27 of the men enrolled in college seminary are under the same roof in our newly blessed and finished seminary building. On September 15, 2018, we broke ground and launched a $20 million capital campaign to fund the building of this permanent home where our seminarians can continue to discern God’s call and become strong and faithful priests for the Diocese of Charlotte.
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.
The design for our seminary addresses the need for contemplative silence, as well as places for peaceful gatherings and quiet study. It provides classrooms and common areas necessary for fostering theological and philosophical thinking. It will be a sacred space that evokes the presence of God in its buildings and in the details in and around the seminary itself.
Soil for the Seeds of Vocations
On September 8, 2017, the Diocese purchased 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. The property is two miles from Belmont Abbey College and backs up to 50 acres of pasture, creating a buffer to allow for silence, contemplation, and recreation.
We Need Your Help
The capital campaign for St. Joseph College Seminary is in its final stage, and your support is greatly needed! To make a legacy gift, please call Fredrik Akerblom, Director of Development, SJCS, at (704) 302-6386. You can also make a secure pledge or one-time gift by clicking the button below.
“Community is essential to the formation of a priest. We must build a seminary structure where these men can all live together.”
|SUMMARY OF PROJECTED COSTS|
|Professional Fees (architectural and survey fees)||$1,712,000|
|Equipment, Fixtures, and Furnishings||$720,288|
We are blessed to be forming strong, scholarly, and faithful men here in our own Diocese where they will one day serve. We ask that you keep them in your prayers throughout their formation and this building project. Your prayers are greatly needed for our seminary and fundraising to succeed. Please join us in praying that the people of Charlotte respond with generosity and fidelity to our capital campaign.
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Support for our Seminary
Participants in our roundtable discussion shared their support for St. Joseph College Seminary and the hope that the seminary gives them for the future of the Catholic Church in Charlotte, especially in light of the ongoing abuse scandal.
-Mary Catherine Surface
-Mary Catherine Surface