While I was in Rome recently, I met a young priest engaged in studies. He was the subdeacon with me for the Pontifical Mass celebrated by Archbp. Sample in St. Peter’s Basilica during the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage. He is from the Diocese of Charlotte, NC, where Bp. Peter Jugis has started a seminary. He began to tell me about the character of the seminary, and I must admit that I got pretty excited about what I was hearing. When he mentioned that the bishop takes Veterum sapientia very seriously, that was it for me.
I asked him to send me more information about their new seminary. This is some of what he sent (with my emphases):
I wanted to point you in the direction of our college seminary, which I think might interest you. You frequently ask for good news, and this is all very good news. Bishop Peter J. Jugis, bishop of Charlotte, NC, founded St. Joseph College Seminary in March of this year. We have been holding Quo Vadis Days retreats for young men in the diocese for the past 4 years. With these retreats, many men have begun thinking and praying about a call to the priesthood earlier and earlier. High school men have been knocking and knocking on the doors of the Vocations Office. We hope that this seminary will respond to the needs of the diocese and the seed that has been planted in the hearts of these young men.
The aim of St. Joseph Seminary is to form well-rounded men. They are receiving formation in Philosophy, Music, Liturgy (both forms of the Roman Rite), Latin, Rhetoric, and Literature, as well as the other arts and humanities. We are striving to form holistic men rooted in the virtues. We started with eight men this year in a house that has eight rooms. We are blessed to have 12 possible men to enter next year. So we are striving to build.
At charlotteseminaryproject.org, you will notice the architecture (HERE) that responds to a needed environment for prayer and study. The chapel, I think, is designed to be wonderfully sacred space. We also have a “teaser trailer” that lays out the fundamental vision of the bishop and formation faculty. I was pleased to work with the seminarians for about 6 weeks before I came back over for my studies. They are receiving a lot, but growing by leaps and bounds every day.
I thought this might be some good news that your readers would enjoy hearing about. Would you be so kind to ask your readers for prayers for this endeavor? We are still raising funds, but the property has been selected just outside of the city near Belmont Abbey College. We hope to break ground on Phase One soon, if the Lord continues to supply us with generous benefactors.
Fr. Z kudos to Bp. Jugis and all involved!
BTW… if you want to know more about Veterum sapientia, I made a PODCAzT about it HERE.
And you can listen…