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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6th Annual 4-Miler is September 28, 2024!

The Friends of the Josephinum 6th Annual 4-Miler Run / Walk features a new, one-loop course that will take runners/walkers on a tour of the campus and the surrounding neighborhood. The 2024 event will offer a virtual option for Josephinum supporters from around the nation! Proceeds support the financial needs of seminarians at the Josephinum.

Our Fundraisers & Activities

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.

Calendar of Events

How to Join

Members of the Friends pledge an annual gift to support the organization. Dues for the 2024-2025 formation year are $200 per family for both new and returning members. Dues for current members are due prior to the first Board meeting in September. New members may join year-round, paying online or by mail.

Friends’ Calendar at a Glance

*Members are welcome to observe Board Meetings. Please email Michele Cleary on the Sunday prior to each Board Meeting you plan to attend.

Fall 2024

  • 40th Anniversary Celebration | Sunday, August 18, 9:30 a.m.
  • *FOJ Board Meeting | Tuesday, August 20, 7 p.m.
  • PCJ Fall Day of Service | Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m.
  • FOJ 4-Miler Run/Walk | Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.
  • PCJ Mud Bowl | Saturday, September 28, 3 p.m.
  • *FOJ Board Meeting | Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m.
  • PCJ Fall Lecture | Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
  • FOJ Annual Mass, Brunch & Meeting | Sunday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. (Registration Required)
  • *FOJ Board Meeting | Tuesday, December 3, 7 p.m.

Spring 2025

  • *FOJ Board Meeting | Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m.
  • Helfant Classic Basketball Tournament | Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16
  • PCJ Pio Cardinal Laghi Chair Lecture | Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m.
  • FOJ Day of Recollection | Saturday, March 22 (Registration Required)
  • PCJ Spring Day of Service | Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m.
  • *FOJ Board Meeting | Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
  • FOJ Clergy Who Cook! | TBA
Our History

How We Began

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.

Our Leadership

The Friends of the Josephinum annually elects a Board from among its members, to manage the group’s volunteer activities, budget, and fundraising events. Committees include Communications; Clergy Who Cook; 4 Miler Run/Walk; Membership; Nominations; and the 40th Anniversary.

  • Daniel Cleary - President; FOJ 4 Miler Committee
  • Michele Cleary - Vice-President; FOJ 4 Miler Committee; Communications Committee
  • Janice Conard - Secretary
  • Len Barbe - Parliamentarian; Nominations Committee
  • Jennifer Bennett - FOJ Clergy Who Cook
  • Venetia Bramlage - Membership Committee
  • Don Brown - FOJ 4 Miler Run/Walk; Nominations Committee
  • Monica Brown - FOJ 4 Miler Run/Walk Committee; FOJ Clergy Who Cook Committee
  • Rosemary Finneran - Membership Committee
  • Pegi Gill FOJ - 40th Anniversary Celebration; Communications Committee
  • Virginia Hardy - Nominations Committee
  • Marci Maynard - FOJ Clergy Who Cook Committee
  • John Reiner - FOJ 4 Miler Run/Walk Committee
  • Cassie Ann Reynolds - FOJ Clergy Who Cook Committee
  • Carol Smith - Nominations Committee
  • Timothy Welsh - FOJ 4 Miler Run/Walk Committee
  • Jo Welsh - FOJ 4 Miler Run/Walk Committee
  • Ginger West - FOJ Clergy Who Cook Committee


Want to learn more about the Friends of the Josephinum?
Contact the Friends’ Leadership Team!