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friends of the josephinum
Helping Seminarians on the Pathway to the Priesthood

The Friends of the Josephinum is a group of lay men and women who strive to provide financial assistance to seminarians so that their studies for the Catholic priesthood are not interrupted or terminated because of financial need. 

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Friends of the Josephinum Contributions Form

FOJ Contact Form

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FOJ Committee Interest Form

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Circle of Friends Newsletters

New Issue: April 2023

November 2022

March 2022

October 2021

April 2021

December 2020

Friends of the Josephinum 2023-2024 Calendar at a Glance

Fall Semester
Board Meeting: Tuesday, August 22, 7 p.m.
4 Miler: Saturday, September 30, 7:30 a.m.
Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m.
Annual Mass, Brunch & Meeting:
Sunday, November 5, 10:15 a.m.
Board Meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 7 p.m.

Spring Semester
Clergy Who Cook: Friday, January 26, 7 p.m.
Day of Recollection: Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.
Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.

About the Friends

In February 1984, a group of area residents assembled to hear a presentation made by members of the Josephinum faculty concerning seminarians. Upon learning of the needs of these seminarians, the residents agreed to offer support.​ At the suggestion of one individual, the group was named Friends of the Josephinum. Response was immediate and sincere. Generous donations were made, and the birth of the organization was official. 

Annual Dues

Members of the Friends commit to paying annual dues. Dues for the 2023-2024 formation year are $150 per household for new and returning members, payable by mail or online. Dues for those whose 2023-24 dues are outstanding are due by Friday, September 1, 2023. New members may join year-round.

Pay by mail: Provide credit card information or check to Friends of the Josephinum. 
Click here to pay online by credit card or ACH.


The Friends of the Josephinum incorporates fun and fellowship into its many fundraisers and activities, interacting with and supporting the seminary community. Funds raised by the Friends of the Josephinum are used for seminarians' scholarships and grants, books, medical and dental costs, clothing expenses, and a variety of other needs.


Members of the friends:

  • Attend an annual Mass with seminarians in Saint Turibius Chapel

  • Find spiritual enrichment at a Lenten Day of Reflection led by a priest faculty member

  • Sponsor and promote a 4-Miler Run/Walk to support the seminarians

  • Cheer on seminarians as Theology and College battle for victory at the annual Mud Bowl flag football game

  • Support Josephinum seminarians as they host and compete against other seminaries at the annual Helfant Classic Basketball Tournament

  • Host Clergy Who Cook.  A fun-filled evening of culinary competition among local priests, deacons, and seminarians – a sellout fundraiser every year!



The Friends of the Josephinum annually elects a Board from among its members, to manage the group’s volunteer activities, budget, and fundraising events.  The board meets bi-monthly.

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