April 1st, 2014
A Message From the Rector
Dear Friends in Christ:
The seminarians are enjoying their Summer with engagement in pastoral ministry. During the academic year, most of their time is consumed with classes, spiritual exercises, attention to their human formation, and some pastoral ministry in local parishes and institutions. During the Summer, seminarians are assigned by their bishops to extended pastoral ministry. This year we have seminarians engaged in Hispanic ministry, language studies, hospital ministry, parish ministry, Institute for Priestly Formation, the Rome Experience, youth ministry, and many more experiences.
We have over 40 new seminarians that will arrive in mid-August for a week of orientation. The returning seminarians will arrive the following week to begin classes. Our enrollment will be around 115, the largest since the late 1990’s. The strong leadership of our Chancellor, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the competence of the faculty, the general increase in vocations, and the confidence of our sending bishops are all contributing factors to the significant increase in our enrollment. The enrollment comes on the heels of a $10 million renovation of Saint Joseph Hall that will commence in Spring 2015.
As NDS rejoices in the many blessings God has showered upon us, we thank our benefactors who have made possible the competent, qualified, formation we are providing to our seminarians. Wishing you all the best for a good Summer, I am
Father James A. Wehner, STD