Thursday, October 20, 2016

Great Good News!

SJS to expand by three floors to keep up with rapid enrollment growth

Brighton, MA - October 20, 2016 - Cardinal Se├ín P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap, Chairman of the Saint John's Seminary Board of Trustees, announced today that Msgr. James Moroney, Rector, has signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement with Boston College to buy back over 13,000 sq. feet of space within the 127 Lake Street building for the creation of new student rooms and administrative offices.
Having just opened its doors to the largest class in over 15 years of 98 resident seminarians (with an additional 36 non-residents as well), Saint John's Seminary is now bursting at the seams with men from sixteen dioceses around New England and across the globe, six Institutes of Religious Life, and one Ecclesial movement. The oldest and largest seminary in the Northeast, and the sixth-largest nationwide, it is shepherded by Monsignor James P. Moroney, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, and Saint John's Seminary Rector since 2012.

The Annex, located above the present kitchen and Refectory, is comprised of three floors and was previously used for student and faculty living quarters. Sold to Boston College in the early 2000's as part of a larger real estate deal, this space has now been recovered, and will be fully renovated over the next few years to accommodate the institution's rapid and inspiring growth.

Below is a photo of Cardinal O'Malley, Msgr. Moroney, and the Board of Trustees at a stairwell to the Annex celebrating the execution of the agreement to purchase.  The Board gathered for their quarterly meeting on September 19, the same day. For more information, please contact Sandy Barry, Director of Annual Giving, at or 617-746-5413. 


Saint John's Seminary prepares Roman Catholic seminarians for ordination to the Priesthood through programs of human, pastoral, spiritual and academic formation. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by the Archbishop of Boston. While primarily in service to the Bishops of New England, Saint John's Seminary also enrolls seminarians from other (Arch)Dioceses, Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in its several degree programs. Located in Brighton, MA, there are currently 98 seminarians in residence, with an additional 36 non-residents studying for religious orders.  In addition, the Seminary's associated Theological Institute prepares laity, deacons and religious for ministry and service to the Dioceses of the region.