The College and Theology Division seminarians of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary returned to campus to mark the start of the academic year on Tuesday, Aug. 20 beginning with registration and moving-in to the dorms. This fall, over 40 new men will be entering seminary for the first time from approximately nine dioceses and religious orders, including approximately eight men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Opening week at the seminary includes campus tours, in which returning seminarians will pair with new seminarians and their families to tour the grounds and facilities. In addition, during the first week, group activities such as day trips to Philadelphia and daily Mass are also planned. Fall classes for the College and Theology Division of the seminary officially begin Thursday, Aug. 22.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has been forming young men for priestly service to the community for more than 180 years. This year, approximately 150 young men have answered God’s call to attend the seminary to be formed after the heart of Jesus Christ. Through the generosity of many, these seminarians are able to transform into the compassionate and loyal priests and inspiring leaders of the Catholic Church.
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Eric Tamney from SS Phillip & James Parish in Exton arrives at Saint Charles Seminary.
Kevin Diehl from the Diocese of Raleigh North Carolina is all smiles as he arrives at Saint Charles Seminary to move in.
Eugene Bonacci helps his son, Alec, move in for his first year at Saint Charles Seminary with the help of fellow seminarian Brain Burman.
Returning seminarian Ivan Ruiz from the Harrisburg Diocese greets new seminarian Jared Sutsko and his parents Karen and Bob who are also from Harrisburg.
The new men arrive at Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary to start their first year as seminarians.
Fellow seminarians greet the new men and their families on the front steps of the lower side building steps as they arrive.
Returning and new seminarians are all smiles on move-in day at Saint Charles Seminary.
Returning seminarians give the new seminarians tours of the campus after they’ve move in to their new residences.
Fourth year college seminarian Brian Burman gives a tour in Saint Martin’s Chapel to Alec Bonacci, from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hilltown Bucks County, and his parents.
John Howarth from Saint Katherine of Siena Parish in Northeast Philadelphia prays during his first mass as a seminarian.
Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of Saint Charles Seminary, celebrated mass for seminarians and their families after they got settled in.
Seminarians and their families gather for mass after registration and tours or their new home.