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Dear Seminary Community,

Renewed blessings for these Easter days!  

I returned to Saint Charles from my sabbatical just before Holy Week.  The time away was blessed with a chance to write, prayerfully reflect, and focus on my study of Spanish.  I am happy to be back on campus full-time, and grateful to Father Patrick Brady, Vice Rector, who has so capably managed the seminary during my absence.

Like other colleges and universities, our COVID protocols are still in place.  As a result, many of our traditional Spring events will be livestreamed and will have limited attendance in person.  We tested everyone on campus when the seminarians returned from Easter break and have encouraged everyone to secure vaccinations when they are able.

I am delighted to announce that the seminary has entered into a Purchase Sales Agreement with Gwynedd Mercy University that will allow the seminary to relocate to property which we will purchase from the University.  The property includes approximately 15 acres of space on the northern border of GMercyU’s campus and includes two existing buildings.  More detail about that follows below.  At this time, I would like to especially thank Mr. James Maguire and the Maguire Foundation, the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees, and Deanne H. D’Emilio, JD, President of Gwynedd Mercy University for all their work to bring this agreement to completion.  Provided all conditions are met, our new campus is expected to be completed in time for the academic year 2024-2025.

Finally, below you will see that two of our seminary colleagues are moving on to new positions, Father Brian Kane and Father Stephen DeLacy have both been vital and important collaborators at the seminary.  On behalf of the entire seminary community, I thank them for their work and the guidance which they have provided to me, to our seminarians, and to those discerning a vocation to the priesthood. 

Please continue to keep our seminary, our seminarians, faculty, and staff in your prayers as we embark on this new chapter and know that we will continue to keep all of you in our prayers as well.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
April 21, 2021 -- Saint Charles Borromeo Award, 6:00 p.m., streamed via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
May 7, 2021 -- First Friday Devotions, Livestream via YouTube Live @StCharlesSem, 8:00 p.m.
May 8, 2021 -- Transitional Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 10:00 a.m. Livestream via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
May 11, 2021 -- Baccalaureate Mass, Saint Martin of Tours Chapel, 5:00 p.m., Livestream via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
May 12, 2021 -- Concursus, Saint Martin of Tours Chapel, 10:00 a.m., Livestream via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
May 15, 2021 -- Priesthood Ordination, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, 10:00 a.m., Livestream via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
June 12, 2021 -- Permanent Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, 10:00 a.m., Livestream via Facebook Live @StCharlesSem
Purchase Sales Agreement with Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Mercy University and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary recently signed an agreement of sale that will allow the Seminary to relocate to GMercyU’s campus. The sale, which will not be finalized until the end of separate due diligence and approval periods, includes approximately 15 acres of space on the northern border of GMercyU’s campus and includes two existing buildings.
Both institutions expressed their gratitude to the Maguire Foundation for a generous $3 million gift to Gwynedd Mercy University that will be supplemental to the $10 million purchase price by the seminary.
“The Saint Charles Seminary community is thrilled to have found such a wonderful new home, and grateful for the generous support of The Maguire Foundation in making this transaction possible,” said Bishop Timothy C. Senior, the Seminary’s Rector.  “While there are mixed emotions involved with departing from Overbrook after many years, Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus offers a beautiful setting and the perfect location for us. We anticipate being able to welcome our community to its new home for the 2024-25 academic year.”
In 2016, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. accepted a recommendation from the Seminary Board of Trustees to sell the entire seminary property and explore options to partner with a local Catholic college.  At that time, discussions began with several Catholic universities including Gwynedd Mercy University.  The seminary began discussions with potential buyers for its property, which resulted in the sale of the campus to Main Line Health in May, 2019.  In late 2020, the seminary signed a letter of intent with Gwynedd Mercy University to explore the possibility of a purchasing a portion of the Gwynedd Valley property.
“When Bishop Senior approached us in December 2019 about relocating to a portion of our campus, we were excited about the possibilities of bringing two well-respected Catholic institutions of higher education together in one location,” said Deanne H. D’Emilio, JD, president of Gwynedd Mercy University.  “We also are honored and grateful that The Maguire Foundation wants to support this exciting initiative. The Maguires are faithful supporters of Catholic higher education and have been steadfast and generous friends to Gwynedd Mercy University. I am so grateful for their continued support.” 
With the successful completion of the transaction, Gwynedd Mercy University and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will remain two separate and distinct institutions. Each will continue to maintain its own governance structure, academic freedom, and ability to offer programming consistent with their missions and core values. 
Once the transaction closes, the Seminary will begin the building and renovation process to shape the new location for its needs.  Plans call for the construction of a new chapel and student life center which will include a refectory, classrooms, library, administrative offices, fitness center and additional housing for seminarians and resident faculty.   
As a part of GMercyU’s Campus Master Plan, the residential housing and Campus Ministry functions currently located in existing buildings will be transitioned to other areas of campus.
The estimated time for the campus transition to be completed is approximately two to three years provided all conditions are met.  
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary receives a $50,000 grant from Lilly Endowment through its Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative 
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will use a $50,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to explore the development of an on-campus English as a Second Language (ESL) program to meet the language needs of international students. The planning grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s Pathway for Tomorrow Initiative that is designed to help theological schools explore opportunities to strengthen the ways they educate the next generation of clergy.
As envisioned, the ESL program would be incorporated into our seminary catalogue and certification would be sought from SEVIS, the accrediting body, to list it as an approved seminary program, so that visa documentation can be issued directly by Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for arriving international seminarians.  The program, based on the core curriculum of the Master of Divinity Degree, will also include theological concepts and language studies essential to future ministers.  Writing as well as speaking will be addressed.  Additionally, cultural integration would be offered for those who could benefit from it.
After a prototype is developed in the first year and tested in year two, the seminary hopes to strengthen capacity through distance learning to share the program with one or more seminaries in year three.  Since the Master of Divinity core curriculum of each Catholic seminary is the same, a shared approach could be very successful.  Other Catholic seminaries, like Saint Charles, lack the financial and personnel resources to provide such a program on their own; and community resources for even basic language needs are lacking.  The development of an ESL program, specifically tailored to the needs of Catholic international seminarians, delivered to students on their own campuses, would be a major step forward in seminary education, and have a lasting influence on the Catholic church. 
Three Seminarians Ordained as Transitional Deacons for the Diocese of Arlington and the Diocese of Raleigh
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is pleased to announce that seminarian Erik R. Reyes (second from the left) was ordained a Transitional Deacon on Saturday, April 10 for the Diocese of Raleigh, NC by Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama.

To read more about the ordination, please visit
Seminarians Daniel S. Reuwer and Daniel A. Rice were ordained as Transitional Deacons for the Diocese of Arlington, VA on Saturday, April 10 by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. They are pictured here with Father Herbert Sperger, Director of Spiritual Formation, Theological Seminary at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Transitional Deacons are one step away from ordination to the priesthood. 
Architects chosen for the new Seminary Campus
After the letter of intent with Gwynedd Mercy University was signed in December 2020, the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees issued a request for proposal to several architectural firms to imagine how best to plan the new campus property.  As a result of this search, the committee has selected Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP as the architects for the new seminary campus.  The Buildings and Grounds Committee has oversight of the Seminary relocation project on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees. 

The architect selection process began with a request for proposals which was sent to a number of qualified architectural firms with experience in both higher education and church architecture.  The three finalists for the process were interviewed earlier this month by a selection committee composed of members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Core Team of Seminary administration and faculty, who serve as the working group for the project with Professor Luca D’Anselmi, serving as the faculty representative.  The selection committee provided recommendations to the Buildings and Grounds Committee who made the final selection.

Voith & Mactavish (VMA) has worked with a number of Catholic institutions, including Villanova University, Saint Joseph’s University and Catholic University of America.  
2021 Saint Charles Borromeo Award
Pictured here from left to right:  Bishop Timothy C. Senior, Gary M. Holloway, Sr., Patricia Holloway, Archbishop Nelson Pérez, Mary Ann Saleski, Don Saleski in Saint Martin of Tours Chapel on campus.
The Saint Charles Borromeo Award will be presented virtually next week on April 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  You are welcome to join the St. Charles Borromeo Community as we honor Patty and Gary Holloway. You will be able to enjoy the festivities from the comfort and safety of your own home, knowing that the Holloways and the seminary community are with you in spirit.  Please tune in by visiting or watching LIVE on Facebook @StCharlesSem. Feel free to share this link with your family and friends. The Holloways have tirelessly given time and energy to enrich the community and offer an outstanding example of servant leadership. We are privileged to honor them and hope you will join us!
Seminarians Study with the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University
At the request of Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector, Saint Charles, the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University created a program to train seminarians in III Theology in Servant Leadership during their Spring semester.  They are equipped with business management skills and are encouraged to practice them at the parish they are assigned to over the summer.  They return to Haub in the Fall for a final session and share what it was like to motivate others, deal with conflict, manage change, and gain acceptance as newcomers in places with strong traditions.
Father Brian Kane Named Rector of St. Gregory the Great
St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE (SGGS) announced March 25 that Father Brian Kane will be the school’s fourth rector, effective June 14.
Opened in 1998, the minor seminary provides formation for men discerning a call to the priesthood in four dimensions: spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human. Seminarians for the Diocese of Lincoln spend up to four years at the seminary before entering a theological seminary – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., or the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Seminarians also attend SGGS from the dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.; Fargo, N.D.; Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colo.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Carmelites of Holy Hill, Wisconsin.
Father Kane, a graduate of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln in 2000. He has been Lincoln, NE diocesan director of seminarians since 2017, with residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he has been dean of men of the theological seminary since 2015.
In his role as director of seminarians, Father Kane said his duties were to ensure that men discerning the priesthood “have every necessary resource available to them during their journey.”
Father Kane’s priestly service has been varied, allowing him to share diverse experiences with the seminarians he will lead at St. Gregory.
After ordination, Father Kane served as an assistant pastor and high school teacher. He was assistant director of vocations while appointed to the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. He was later a principal and then superintendent of Bishop Neumann Jr./Sr. High in Wahoo, and was a pastor in Morse Bluff, Cedar Hill and Mead.
Father Kane is a military chaplain. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Nebraska Army National Guard where he has served since 2003. He was deployed for two, year-long tours of duty in Iraq, in 2005 and 2010.
“I am excited to return to the Diocese of Lincoln to serve at St. Gregory.” he said. “My time working at the seminary in Philadelphia has highlighted how the Holy Spirit desires to be the inspiration for everything that happens in seminary formation, from spiritual growth as disciples to opportunities for seminarians to experience healing and deeper interior freedom. To serve St. Gregory’s is a great gift in our Diocese to help form men discerning a call to the priesthood.”
There are 28 seminarians in various stages of formation for the Diocese of Lincoln. Seven are with Father Kane at St. Charles. Seven are at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and one is at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The remaining 13 men are in college-level formation at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward. 
New Leaders Named for Youth Ministry, Vocations in Archdiocese
This article originally appeared in on March 5, 2021
Father Stephen DeLacy (top) is the new vicar for the archdiocesan Office for Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults, and Father David Friel is the new director of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood. Both appointments by Archbishop Nelson Pérez are effective in June 2021.
Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez has appointed Father Stephen DeLacy as head of the newly formed Archdiocesan Office for Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults, and Father David Friel to succeed him as director of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood.
The archdiocese announced the appointments March 5. They take effect with the larger set of priest assignment changes coming this June.
Father DeLacy’s title in his position is vicar, and he will oversee the Offices of Catechetical Formation, Ministry with Youth, and Ministry with Young Adults, as well as support secondary school ministry initiatives of the Office of Catholic Education and supervise the Archdiocesan Newman Center Apostolates at local colleges and universities. Ordained in 2004, he has served since 2013 as director of the Vocation Office.

“God is so good! The gift of the priesthood has brought me many adventures. I thank Archbishop Chaput and all those with whom I worked in my role as vocation director,” Father DeLacy said in a statement. “I thank God for countless blessings of this time. I am deeply blessed by and grateful to Archbishop Pérez for the gift of this appointment. In hope, I am eager for many graces to come.”
Father Friel, ordained in 2011, said in a statement that “Being a priest of Philadelphia is the great joy of my life. To have the opportunity to walk with others who are considering that same call is a real blessing.”
Archbishop Pérez said making the appointments brought him “great joy,” and said the two priests “…have more than the right experience to do the job. They are innovative, passionate about the tasks in front of them and possess hearts on fire with love for the Lord and his people.”
He expressed gratitude to both “for their willingness to serve in these critical roles” and he asked “…the people of the archdiocese to join me in prayerfully congratulating them.”
Last year the Archdiocese began to revamp its ministry to youth and young adults. Archbishop Pérez formed a task force to study the ministry using two documents of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Renewing the Vision” and “Sons and Daughters of Light” as well as Pope Francis’ letter to young people, “Christus Vivit.”
Based on that work, the Archbishop announced that Father DeLacy and Ann Menna, deputy secretary for catechetical formation for the archdiocese, would oversee two new offices for the ministry.
In October 2020, Marisally Santiago was named director of the Office of Ministry with Youth and Matthew Davis was named director of the Office of Ministry with Young Adults. Prior to his role in the vocations office, Father DeLacy served as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in West Chester and school minister at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor and at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford.
In May 2020, Father DeLacy was named Archbishop’s Delegate for Youth and Young Adult Ministry by Archbishop Pérez.
Father Friel is currently a doctoral candidate in liturgical theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Before those studies he was parochial vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, Chaplain for the Catholic Committee on Scouting and priest vocation coordinator for the Philadelphia-North Vicariate. 
Spring Visits by Bishops from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Partner Dioceses 
Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge is pictured with Father Patrick Brady and the seminarians from the Arlington Diocese.  Bishop Burbidge was the main celebrant at the seminary Community Mass and a guest for Rector’s Dinner.
Bishop Ronald Gainer from the Diocese of Harrisburg was the Main Celebrant of the seminary Community Mass and was also joined by seminarians from the Diocese of Harrisburg after Mass and at Rector’s Dinner.
Bishop Alfred A. Schlert from the Diocese of Allentown was the Main Celebrant of the Community Mass and was also joined by seminarians from the Diocese of Allentown after Mass and for Rector’s Dinner.
College Seminarians Prepared an All-Time Record of Meals at Caring for Friends
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s college seminarians prepared an all-time record of meals in one shift -- more than 2,712 meals --  at Caring for Friends on Thursday, April 15, 2021.  Caring for Friends is one of the largest food banks and most comprehensive senior meals delivery programs in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region.  The college seminarians have been working at Caring for Friends this year as their Thursday Apostolate.
150th Anniversary – Priest Alumni Association 9/30/21 

The Saint Charles Seminary Alumni Association will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Overbook campus on Thursday, September 30, 2021 with a Mass, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner.  Priest Alumni look for invitations to arrive in your mailboxes shortly!

150th Anniversary – Lay Alumni and Faithful of the Archdiocese 

Saint Charles Seminary is excited to welcome all lay alumni and members of the Archdiocesan community for our Open House on the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 2021 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Overbrook campus! Seminarians will give tours of the campus, there will be light refreshments and the day will close with Vespers in Saint Martin of Tours Chapel.

Seminary Golf Outing
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Golf Classic, Dinner & Auction presented by JJ White, Inc. will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Philadelphia Country Club and Gulph Mills Golf Club.  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.

Click here for the sponsorship brochure or for more information, please visit
Seminary Annual Appeal
“My wife has been so supportive through this whole process. She always has my back and I know she is with me 100%, as all the wives are in the Diaconate Program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The professors are amazing and willing to help in any way they can. They really bring a “wow factor” to all their classes. The Program has really helped me to grow as a person, inside and out of Church. I was someone different when I entered six years ago, and they have truly helped to form me into the man that I am today. The men in the Program have open arms to help anyone that they can, and they have become my dear friends. Next year, God willing I will be ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and I cannot wait to serve the Lord more.
When you support the Seminary Appeal you are helping to make a change in our society and in our Church. The seminary prepares men and women to set this world on fire.” - Jesus Burgos, School of Diaconal Formation
To learn more and support the Seminary Appeal, please visit
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