Dear Friend in Christ,
After being appointed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, I must tell you how thrilled I was to learn that we have a college seminary program right here in our own diocese. Upon my first visit with the seminarians, I quoted the late John Paul II, in saying that I see the seminary as “the heart of the diocese.” I am happy to welcome you to Borromeo Seminary.
Choosing a college is not easy. Add to that the discernment of your life’s vocation and you are faced with an important task. In everyone’s life, discovering what the Lord is asking is a serious challenge and one that benefits from the support of trusted companions. Borromeo Seminary, and its affiliation with John Carroll University, is a wonderful place for young men to discern the Lord’s call to the priesthood amidst a community of Christian friends. I am grateful for your willingness to consider the possibility of priesthood.
As you consider Borromeo Seminary for your college choice, be open to the movement of the Spirit working in your life. The important question, “Have you ever thought about the priesthood?” is one you or someone you respect may already have asked. Just asking that question might very well be a sign from God to explore it further.
Be assured of my prayers and best wishes at this exciting time in your life.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland
For sixty years Borromeo Seminary has had a rich tradition and place within the Diocese of Cleveland. Our primary mission is and has always been to help men to discern their call to priestly service.
Some of those who have walked through the halls of this holy place have gone on to ordination to the priesthood right here in the Diocese of Cleveland, others to priestly service in a religious community, and still others to mission places throughout the world. While it is our primary mission to foster a vocation to the priesthood, we also recognize that some who have come to the seminary have discerned that God is calling them to serve the church in a way other than as a priest or religious. I believe with great certainty that everyone who has ever come to Borromeo Seminary has found it to be a place where they can genuinely discern God’s call and thus put meaning and purpose in their life.
We continue this year with the “New XII” initiative, which hopefully will continue to enliven our seminary community well into the future. The “New XII” is our call for twelve new diocesan applicants for the 2014-2015 year – and God has blessed us with eight new diocesan applicants so far. Imagine if we could have twelve new applicants every year! This could bring great power and strength to our seminary and in turn it would provide our theologate an ample number of candidates in preparation for ordination. Imagine what this could do for the life of our diocese!
I hope you will find information on our website that will allow you to think about Borromeo Seminary. If you are a young man who has thought about the priesthood, find in these pages some answers to questions that will help answer your questions and become one of the “New XII.” If you are exploring our website for the sake of someone else, may it provide you with the information needed to encourage a young man to apply.
For all of our readers, please know that all of us at Borromeo Seminary will gladly assist you in whatever way we can as you reflect on the possibilities that Borromeo offers. We welcome your questions and we look forward to meeting with you personally.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Mark A. Latcovich, Ph.D.