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I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit.

I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit.

I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit.

Dear Friends,

If asked, “What is the seminary?” most of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia might respond by describing a physical place. But a seminary is not so much a physical place, as it is a spiritual mission where the work of education and formation meet. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is where people called to serve Christ’s church acquire the education, skills and training they’ll need as effective disciples. Because it has been part of the Archdiocese for nearly 200 years, it’s easy to take our seminary for granted. But consider this: eight other U.S. dioceses, four religious communities and two international dioceses send their young men here to be formed as future priests.

To continue this source of service and tradition, I ask Catholics like you to be as generous as you can in supporting St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. St. Charles is crucial to the education not only of ordained priests and deacons who will serve us all, but also of the hundreds of lay and religious men and women in our graduate School of Theological Studies.

In the following pages are short profiles of some of the extraordinary people your kindness will benefit. I pray that you will come to understand that St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is, indeed: For today. For tomorrow. For all of us.

I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit. May God bless you all.

Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,
Archbishop of Philadelphia