As noted in a recent post, the Diocese of Charlotte has a record 24 seminarians currently in formation, the most in its 44 year history. Of these, 8 are enrolled at St. Joseph’s in Charlotte, a new College Seminary only just established in March of this year.
Below is an exceptional new video released in support of St. Joseph’s. The Making of a Man perfectly captures the spirit in which this minor seminary was founded; both in its purpose and its very necessity. I encourage you to visit their site and to consider supporting them in their mission.
First, a bit more about St. Joseph’s, in their own words:
St. Joseph College Seminary is a collaboration of the Diocese of Charlotte with Belmont Abbey for the formation of college-age young men preparing for the priesthood. Established on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2016, the college seminary launched with ten young men in its first year. Eight of them temporarily reside in community at St. Joseph Monastery (at maximum capacity) located on the campus of St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte.
A dozen more young men are on the application waiting list. To meet the exploding growth of vocations to the priesthood in our diocese (a fruit of much prayer), St. Joseph College Seminary has initiated development plans and is under contract for land to build a larger, permanent structure in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.