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The gospel of John records Christ’s first call to men to become His disciples and the important role they will play in both leading and serving mankind. For more than 100 years, St. Mary’s Seminary has helped thousands of young men discern their personal call to the priesthood. If we are to continue to prepare them to serve, we need to make the most effective use of the facilities at St. Mary’s.
An in-depth review of the campus has revealed the underutilization of the 24,000 square foot Borski Athletic Center. Accordingly, with great thought to the future, we have launched a $5 million capital campaign to redesign the Center to meet the needs of our growing seminary. Currently, faculty and staff are helping 75 seminarians on their individual journeys to discover a deeper relationship with Christ and their love of service to His people. Deacons who respond to the call are also trained on the St. Mary’s campus. They spend their evenings in prayer and study so they may join others in their vocations to support priests and parishes across the Archdiocese. At present, there are 83 candidates in the Diaconate program.
It is our responsibility to provide them a community in which self-discovery and personal commitment lead to an appreciation of the global mission of the Church. After years of study at St. Mary’s, they graduate prepared to become God’s disciples to spread the spirit of His words through pastoral leadership and ministry at the parish level.
While the exterior of the building will remain largely the same, repurposing of the interior will include the addition of two new classrooms, two faculty offices, a large lecture hall built to seat 100 and a larger, more efficient exercise space. The Center will maintain the multipurpose gym and large meeting and reception facility which can seat 400 people at tables. The redesign will also increase St. Mary’s effectiveness in its role as the home of the University of St. Thomas School of Theology.
These new renovations will strengthen our ability to fulfill our commitment to preparing seminarians and deacons personally, spiritually and academically to both lead and serve future generations of Catholics.
As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. (John, 17:18-19)
As part of our daily prayer, we pray for all of our benefactors. The seminarians and faculty are well-aware that we are able to receive the education, housing and preparation for the priesthood only through the generosity of the People of God. Please be assured of our grateful prayers for your generosity.Thank You!