The Pontifical North American College
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Back in 1855, Pope Pius IX asked the bishops of the United States to open a seminary in Rome, where young men from far away America could prepare for the priesthood. On December 8, 1859, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, twelve seminarians from the United States entered the "North American College," located in a renovated 250-year-old former convent on the Via dell' Umiltá, right down the hill from the papal residence on the Quirinale, and the College officially opened. There the seminary flourished until World War II, when the crisis forced it to close temporarily. After the war, the bishops of the United States decided to build a new seminary, located on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the Vatican. This spacious, modern, attractive facility was dedicated by Pope Pius XII on October 14, 1953. There the College prospers to this day.
Actually, the North American College comprises a variety of programs. First is the seminary on the Janiculum, where men from the United States prepare for the diocesan priesthood back home. Secondly is the Casa Santa Maria, located in the original College building on the Via dell' Umiltá in downtown Rome, where about seventy American priests reside while doing graduate work in theology and other fields of ecclesiastical study. A third component of the College is the Institute for Continuing Theological Education, a three-month sabbatical program for priests offered twice a year, located as well on the Janiculum. Finally, the college administers the Bishops' Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican, located at the Casa Santa Maria, which assists pilgrims to make their journey to Rome as spiritually fruitful as possible, especially by seeing the Holy Father.
An essential part of the College as well is the generous support system of bishops, vocation directors, alumni, and benefactors, and a development office which promotes all the facets of College life.
Blessed John XXIII National Seminary
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Blessed John XXIII National Seminary is a Roman Catholic professional and graduate theological institution dedicated uniquely to the preparation of seminarians thirty years of age and older responding to a call to priestly ministry. Its program is based on the Ratio Fundamentalis of the Holy See, the Program of Priestly Formation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Post Synodal Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis. It fosters the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of its seminarians. The program especially respects and utilizes the life experiences of its seminarians as it prepares them for ordained ministry.
Mount Angel Seminary
St. Benedict, Oregon
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Mount Angel Seminary comprises a Graduate School of Theology and a College of Liberal Arts in the Benedictine tradition whose primary purpose is the education and formation of men for the Roman Catholic priesthood. The School of Theology also admits qualified lay men and women who are interested in pursuing a theological education. The seminary is committed to academic excellence, to holistic formation, and to providing a solid foundation for growth in the spiritual life.
For over one hundred years Mount Angel Seminary has served the needs of dioceses and religious communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the nations of the Pacific.
Mount Angel Seminary is a fully accredited academic institution, and its policies and mission are written in conformity with The Program of Priestly Formation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop White Seminary
Bishop White Seminary is the only college seminary program in the State of Washington and is able to serve dioceses in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
Each student living at Bishop White Seminary is assisted in developing a deep intimacy between himself and Jesus Christ. This communion with Christ should inspire both his intellectual and personal formation. A student's intellectual formation is provided by Gonzaga University. Each student is required to major in philosophy while also studying communication skills, history, Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. A student's personal formation is accomplished with the assistance of a priest advisor. This formation advisor helps the student develop a set of personal goals and objectives to meet those goals.