Both the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the earlier national study by John Jay College commissioned by the U.S. bishops in the wake of the 2002 scandal reveal that a high percentage of victims of clergy sexual misconduct were post pubescent males. In other words, much of the misconduct involved homosexual acts. We cannot ignore this reality.
Pope Emeritus Benedict gave guidance to seminaries and vocation ministries regarding the nonacceptance for priestly formation those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies. All candidates for the seminary have to be able to give evidence for their capacity of living celibate chastity with both integrity and joy.
- Archbishop Naumann
The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas currently has 31 seminarians in formation for the Catholic Priesthood. Because each priest effectively has the capacity to touch thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives throughout his priesthood, there is nothing more important to the bishop or the diocese than to ensure a solid and healthy formation of the next generation of priests. Most important, it is through the Sacramental Priesthood that the faithful continue to have access to the fullness of God’s sanctifying grace.
For this reason, and considering the overall climate of the culture that we find ourselves living in, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas takes great care in selecting the seminaries we partner with for the ongoing formation, education, and overall health and well-being of our men. Currently partnering with five different seminaries, we are confident that together the following institutions offer each of our seminarians, as well as our local Church, the best formation and preparation possible today.
We invite you to learn more about each of the seminaries that the Archdiocese continues to partner with in the ongoing formation of our men. We also invite you to learn more about our seminarians. Finally, we ask you to please continue praying for these men, as well as those who oversee their formation.
Conception Seminary College
Conception Seminary College provides a unique setting for men discerning the call to Holy Orders to pursue their liberal arts education. Following the model of Jesus Christ, formation and conversion of heart are nurtured in the intimacy of community and deepened by the discipline of prayer in the Benedictine tradition.
“Mundelein is home to over two hundred seminarians from nearly forty dioceses from across the country and around the world. But what they all have in common is that they are preparing to serve a specific community that is centered on a local Church in obedience to their bishop. In other words, every man at Mundelein Seminary has a heart that is burning to serve as a parish priest.”
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is a proper ecclesial community of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis preparing men for the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father, we seek each seminarian’s configuration to the Heart of Jesus Christ, High Priest and Shepherd, so that he can shepherd whole heartedly with Christ’s pastoral charity.
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Our Mission Statement guides the work of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary:
Responding to the Lord’s command to go and make disciples of all nations and under the apostolic vigilance of the Archbishop of Denver, the mission of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is discernment of, and unified formation in, priestly identity marked by an intelligence of heart, with men called to proclaim Jesus Christ and build a civilization of love in persona Christi Capitis. Likewise this community forms deacons and lay faithful to live as holy men and women in the Church’s mission of the New Evangelization.
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary’s program fosters the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of its seminarians. They especially respect and utilize the life experiences and accomplishments of our mature seminarians, as we prepare them for priestly ministry.