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The mission of the seminary is to form servant-leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ for the Church of today and tomorrow.

The mission of the seminary is to form servant-leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ for the Church of today and tomorrow.

The mission of the seminary is to form servant-leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ for the Church of today and tomorrow.

Dear Friends in Christ,

As the first Catholic institution of higher learning established in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 186 years ago, “The Philadelphia Seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo” tells a beautiful story. Our history is a vibrant narrative in which a journey of formation is proposed and undertaken to foster the gift of the priestly vocation in our midst – inspired by the call of Jesus Christ.

What started with five students has transformed into more than 150 men in formation for the Priesthood, approximately 60 men preparing for the Permanent Diaconate, and many students enrolled in graduate programs of religious studies. Though much has changed since the seminary’s beginning at Bishop Kenrick’s home in Center City, the mission remains the same: to form servant leaders after the Heart of Christ, and to prepare missionary disciples of the new evangelization.

We are so grateful to you for your participation in this story. Your generosity allows us to build on already strong programs, serving the contemporary needs of our seminarians and students in all dimensions: human, intellectual, pastoral and spiritual. Our seminarians and students are on a path that will prepare them to faithfully serve you and our Church. As we continue exploring the many benefits of the seminary’s affiliation with a local Catholic university, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary remains committed to the central purpose of guarding and fostering vocations to the priesthood and to pastoral service in the Church.

Since 1832, the faithful’s support of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been remarkable. Through the Seminary Appeal, your gifts provide the resources necessary to build upon our outstanding formation programs and our undergraduate and theological education – and your generosity is an inspiration to our seminarians and students. Their journey at the seminary today helps nourish our hope in the future of our Church.

With your generosity, I am confident that this will be an even more dynamic and faith-filled chapter than ever. It is only through your kindness that we truly exemplify a seminary for today, for tomorrow, for all of us.

I remain deeply humbled and eternally grateful for your support. Please know that the community of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary remembers you and those you love in our daily prayers, and we ask that you remember us in yours.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Rector