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Preparing Priests to Serve the Church Since 1888

Photos Oath (2).JPGThe Pontifical College Josephinum was established more than 125 years ago to help prepare men for the priesthood. As a pontifical institution, the Josephinum serves dioceses and religious communities in the United States and the Church abroad. Although it has direct ties with the Holy See, the Josephinum is self-supporting and receives no financial support from Rome, nor is it dependent on any one diocese or religious community. The seminary is largely sustained by the generosity and prayerful support of loyal alumni and friends.

Since its founding in 1888, more than 1,900 Catholic priests have received their training at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Ordained alumni serve the People of God in 48 States and more than 20 foreign countries.

The Permanent Diaconate

Utilizing the advances of technology, the Josephinum's Distance Learning Program for the Diaconate offers continuing education opportunities to permanent deacons throughout North America and the world. Locally, the Josephinum offers courses to Deacon Inquirers, to assist them in fulfilling the prerequisites a candidate to the diocesan diaconate program must complete before he begins the aspirancy year.

Renewing the Sacred: Restoration of Saint Turibius Chapel

Completed Chapel.JPGSaint Turibius Chapel stands at the heart of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a fitting location given its central role in the life of the seminary.

Designed by St. Louis architect Frank A. Ludewig and completed in 1932, the chapel was subsequently animated by a mural painted by Gerhard Lamers (c. 1936) and stained glass windows by the world-renowned Emil Frei.

Since the mural was painted on an exterior wall, water deteriorated the work after each of three renovations (1936, 1945, 1953) and was sealed over in 1989. The need to undertake a historic restoration and liturgical renovation – to restore early elements of the chapel, particularly the apse wall mural, and better accommodate liturgical celebrations – has been evident for many years. A successful focused fundraising effort enabled the long-anticipated project to move forward; renovation began in spring 2016. Nearly one year later, Saint Turibius Chapel was rededicated by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and Chancellor of the Josephinum, on April 24, 2017. More