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Encyclopedia > St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie

St. Joseph's Seminary and College called Dunwoodie is one of the United States more prestigious and theologically orthodox Roman Catholic seminaries. As a college and seminary it has been accredited both through Middles States Commission on Higher Education and the Pontifical Univeristy of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), respectively. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... A seminary is a specialised university-like institution for the purpose of training candidates for positions within a religious context. ...

Located in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers, New York, it is about 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan. St. Joseph's serves as the major seminary for the Archdiocese of New York, as well as a national and international training center for smaller dioceses which do not maintain a seminary for the training of priests and deacons. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Roman Catholic priest A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... The diaconate is one of three ordained offices in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches. ...



The seminary offers the degree of Master of Divinity and S.T.B. to seminarians who have fulfilled the proper academic requirements. Those who maintain an acceptable grade point average are eligible for a M.A.

Attached to the seminary is an Institute for Religious Studies for non-seminarians wishing to earn a M.A.

Each spring, the seminary publishes the Dunwoodie Review, a student managed theological journal whose content is provided by faculty and seminarians.

Seminary Formation

The seminary's primary mission is to educate men studying for the priesthood. In doing so, it seeks to inculcate a structured schedule of public and private prayer. Besides four years of academic work, students are required to take part in charitable activities. Seminarians pray together three times a day, at Morning and Evening prayers and at Mass. From Monday through Saturday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for one hour for private adoration by the seminarians. The Blessed Sacrament is displayed in a procession at the 2005 Southeastern Eucharistic Congress. ...

Each year, approved seminarians progress towards the Priesthood by receiving various ecclesiatical ministries and eventually holy orders. Those in first year are instituted as Lectors and often receive Candidacy in a solemn rites. Those in the second year of study receive the official ministry of Acolyte. The beginning of the fourth year is usually when the order of Deacon is conferred. The cardinal himself ordains archdiocesan serminarians to the Priesthood at the cathedral of St. Patrick in May of the final semester. New priests are immediately assigned to serve in a parish. Catholic deacon candidates prostrate before the altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles during a 2004 diaconate ordination liturgy Holy Orders in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Assyrian, Old Catholic, and Independent Catholic churches includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. ... Lector is a fictional character from Yugioh. ... This article is about religious acolytes. ... Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. ...

Seminary Functions

The seminary building serves many other archdiocese functions. The priest personnel board meets weekly. Pre-Cana conferences for those preparing for the sacrament of holy matrimony are hosted monthly. Each year around Christmas, the archdiocesan choir performs in the chapel. On campus is one of the archdiocesan tribunals and the studio of ITV. Throughout the year both days of prayer and days of further education are scheduled for the clergy of the archdiocese.

On campus is also the St. John Neumann Seminary Residence and Hall of the Archdiocese which in collaboration with St. John's University in Queens offers courses in philosophy equivalent to a B.A. for men studying for the priesthood.


Previous seminaries had been located at Fordham and then Troy, New York. St. Joseph's was openned in Yonkers in 1896. Originally it was staffed by Sulpicians. Fordham University is a private, co-educational university located in the Bronx in New York City (but with campuses also in Manhattan — at Lincoln Center — and Westchester). ... Troy or Ilion, see Troy (disambiguation) and Ilion (disambiguation). ... NY redirects here. ... The Society of Saint-Sulpice (Latin: ) is a Catholic Society of Apostolic Life. ...

In 1995, the seminary hosted Pope John Paul II who led an afternoon prayer service and visited with the seminarians. Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), (Italian: Giovanni Paolo II), born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland – April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as Pope of the Roman...

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The current rector is Msgr. Peter G. Finn.

External links

  • St. Joseph's Seminary site



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