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Dear Friends of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary,

It’s a great honor to offer this first newsletter in my new role as the 32nd Rector of St. Charles!

As I begin, I wish to thank the many students, faculty, alumni and lay supporters who have offered me so many prayerful words of encouragement. What struck me about this wellspring of support was how much and how deeply St. Charles is loved. The loyalty and gratitude for this institution runs deep. As a proud alumnus myself (Class of 2007), and a faculty member for the last 8 years, I share in this loyalty and gratitude. I promise to do all that I can to serve this seminary. I count on your continued prayers and support!

This is a significant moment in our seminary’s history. Over the next two years we will be bidding farewell to the Wynnewood campus, as our new seminary campus begins to take shape at Gwynedd.  While we will be leaving a campus on which we’ve been for over 150 years, we will be taking its most important aspects with us—its world-class faculty, top-notch national reputation, its almost two-hundred-year heritage and its rich traditions.  Letting go of Mother Overbrook will be difficult for all of us, myself included, but the important thing to keep in mind is that the seminary, by God’s Grace, will continue to thrive. I have great confidence in that.

We have completed the Concept Phase of the new campus and are now in the “Design Phase” where specific design requirements are being sought by various seminary stakeholders with specific skill sets, eg,: Chapel Committee, Liturgical/Music Committee, Art Committee, Library Committee, etc. The comprehensive campaign has secured a number of multi-million-dollar gifts from very generous donors and thankfully is proceeding according to plan.

Our Philly Adoration for Vocations program remains ongoing. The Sacred Heart Chapel on campus is open to the faithful of the Archdiocese every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pray for vocations in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  To sign up for a specific date and time to make a visit, click here.  You are welcome to sign up for one or more dates/times.

Our seminarians will be back on campus in a few short weeks, and we look forward to kicking off the 2022-2023 academic year.

Through the intercession of St. Charles Borromeo may God bless you in abundance!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend Keith J. Chylinski
Six men ordained permanent deacons at the Cathedral on June 11
Photo credit: Sarah Webb.
Archbishop Nelson Perez ordained six men permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during a Mass Saturday, June 11 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. They are Deacons William J. Barrow, Peter J. Dolan, Alan T. Haley, Joseph V. Hosack Jr., J. Scott McDonald and Thomas A. Strohmetz.

As ministers at the altar, permanent deacons assist the priest and bishop in liturgies. As ordained Catholic clergy, they proclaim God’s Word, preach and teach, baptize, witness marriages, lead funeral rites, administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying and perform works of charity in the community. See profiles of the newly ordained deacons here.
School of Theological Studies
The School of Theological Studies has welcomed 18 Sisters to campus this summer.  These Sisters are from various Religious Orders, including the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville Dominicans), the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (Ann Arbor), the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita, and Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Immaculata).  They come to us from missions in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Alabama, Minnesota, Texas, California, Rhode Island, and Ireland.  Each Sister is working towards her Master of Arts in Theology and taking two courses this summer.
New Priest Alumni Executive Committee Board Elected
Recently, the Priest Alumni Executive Committee voted on a new slate of officers for the next two years.

Congratulations to:
Father Matthew Brody (2017), President (Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA)
Father Marlon Mendieta-Rodas (2018), Vice President (Diocese of Raleigh, NC)
Father John Hutta (2018), Secretary (Diocese of Allentown, PA)
Father Jason Buck (2014), Treasurer (Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA)
Pictured here are Father Michael Pawelko (center) who has served as President for the last two years, and Father Robert Ianelli (right) who has served as Vice President for the last two years.  Father Matthew Brody (left) presented Father Pawelko with a slate engraved with an image of the seminary's Theology building in recognition for his service and accomplishments as President of the Priest Alumni Executive Board.
Deacons return to Sri Lanka
Deacons Mihindukulasooriya Vass and Ranjuna Perera returned to Sri Lanka where they will be ordained priests next Spring.  They have been able to visit with their families before being assigned to a parish where they will work for the next year.  The parish where they have been assigned was one of the churches that was blown up on Easter Sunday, 2019.  Their mission is to counsel the victims and their families.  They have said they find the work very satisfying and life enriching.  Please keep them in your prayers.
Spanish Immersion in Guatamala
Seminarians Rob Bollinger, Ed Town and Patrick Thorp are pictured here on a hike to a volcano in Guatemala, where they are studying this summer in a Pastoral Spanish Immersion program in the city of Antigua. All three seminarians for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will return to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in August where they will begin their studies in III Theology.
Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF)
Group of 8 young men stand smiling in front of building.
Eight seminarians (pictured above) from the Allentown and Arlington Dioceses are participating in the summer program for seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation.  Since 1995 the Institute for Priestly Formation has offered an intensive spiritual formation program for seminarians on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. 

IPF serves seminarians by providing the setting in which they can fall more deeply in love with God.  A man’s priestly life is more joyful and more fruitful when he engages in priestly ministry while at the same time living in intimate and unceasing union with God.  IPF programs and resources aim to assist seminarians with tools that will help them to safeguard their relationship with the Trinity during their seminary years and beyond into active priestly ministry.
Penn Vet Working Dogs

The Seminary welcomed staff from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which brought eight dogs on June 14 and 15.  Also, eight canine police units from all over the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were on campus.  They conducted training exercises for their detection dogs.

Inspired by the Search & Rescue Dogs that responded following the attacks on 9/11, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center opened on September 11, 2012 and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs.

With the United States national security under constant threat from attacks, detection dogs are still the best tool to detect and mitigate potential threats. Search dogs are also critical for locating victims of natural and man-made disasters.

The special scenting ability of dogs also allows them to serve in important ways such as cutting-edge research to support global health or conservation detection.

As pioneers in the working dog field, Penn Vet’s goal is to increase collaborative research and the application of the newest scientific findings and veterinary expertise to optimize the performance of lifesaving detection dogs.

2022 Golf Classic
Monday, September 26
Philadelphia Country Club and Union League Liberty Hill

On September 26, 2022 join St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for our 9th Annual Golf Classic! Golf will be available at two historic golf clubs: Philadelphia Country Club and Union League Liberty Hill. The day will include golf, a gourmet dinner with a scenic view, and an unforgettable auction for your enjoyment.

Proceeds from the Seminary Golf Classic will go directly to support the formation of our seminarians – your future priests.

For more information about sponsorships or to register to play, please visit:
2022 Committee

Joseph Del Raso, Co-Chair
Sean Fahey, Co-Chair
Chris and Mary Jean Carabello, Auction Co-Chairs
Monsignor Francis Beach
Deacon Al Clay
Zachary DeCarlo
Gina DeColli
John DelVecchio
Tim Dolan
John Fenningham, Esq.
Tim Gillespie
Jean Godorecci
Steve Izzi
Scott Johnson
Paul Klauder
Larry McAlee
Joseph McLaughlin
Walt McClatchy
Mark Merlini
Kathy Morris
Holly Riddick
Kevin Scanlon
Patrick Ward

To learn more about the Seminary Golf Classic, please contact Gina DeColli at
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