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Our Seminary is filled with men like Eric — educated, thoughtful, aware of all that is expected of them, and eager to dedicate their lives to the service of all of us.

Our Seminary is filled with men like Eric — educated, thoughtful, aware of all that is expected of them, and eager to dedicate their lives to the service of all of us.

ERIC BANECKER

Seminarian

Our Seminary is filled with men like Eric — educated, thoughtful, aware of all that is expected of them, and eager to dedicate their lives to the service of all of us.

With a degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Eric Banecker had plenty of career options. Growing up in South Philadelphia and riding the subway to Roman Catholic High School, he’d seen the faces of too many people who looked like they hated their jobs. Eric knew he didn’t want to look like that.

The idea of becoming a priest had been on and off Eric’s radar since he worked as a sacristan in 8th grade at Epiphany of Our Lord Parish. After becoming involved at the Newman Center at Penn, the thought of becoming a priest started to take root. He began to think about his faith more, and to ask serious questions. Many priests he knew had joyfully dedicated themselves to service of Christ and his Church. Attracted to that kind of life, Eric decided to put other interests aside and enter Saint Charles Seminary.

Like most vocations, Eric’s call was not a St. Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus experience. Rather, it was a gradual process that simply required him to be open to the possibility, open to understanding his own faith, and open to letting God work in his life. God willing, in May of 2017, Eric will be ordained a deacon, and the following year, a priest.

While being a priest is in many ways a life of sacrifice, Eric feels that he’s getting back much more than he’s giving up. In his pastoral assignments, he has found that he especially enjoys working with families and young people. Ironically, he has found a certain freedom in this life of obedience. This past year also included the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Pope Francis and serve at his Mass in Philadelphia.

Our Seminary is filled with men like Eric — educated, thoughtful, aware of all that is expected of them, and eager to dedicate their lives to the service of all of us.

Our current generation of Seminarians and students need you, the faithful, whom they will serve.

Did You Know...

  • Since its beginning in 1969, the School of Theological Studies has awarded 1,085 Master of Arts in Theology degrees to lay men and women, priests, and religious, as well as hundreds of undergraduate certificates.
  • The School of Theological Studies is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States with more than 300 students enrolled in its various programs.
  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta, recently canonized by Pope Francis, and Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN, both received honorary degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for their service and devotion to the Church.