Preparing Priests to Serve the Church Since 1888
The 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.
Awards Presented at Good Shepherd Dinner
The Pontifical College Josephinum has the distinct pleasure of announcing the 2016 Good Shepherd: Defending the Truth Award recipient - His Excellency, the Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham - and the Pope Leo XIII Award recipients - Mr. Terrence and Mrs. Gretchen O'Loughlin and Mr. John and Mrs. Kathleen Sauer.
The Good Shepherd: Defending the Truth Award reflects the care exemplified by Christ the Good Shepherd for His flock, as He exhorted His apostles to that “greater love,” to lay down their lives in service to others (cf. Jn 15:12f). The Pope Leo XIII Award is named after the pontiff who granted pontifical status to the Josephinum in 1892. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the seminary on members of the laity, in recognition of extraordinary and invaluable support of priestly vocations.
Friends of the seminary and guests of the honorees gathered on October 17, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Dinner, an annual benefactors’ recognition event at which the awards were presented.