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June 07, 2016

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary searching for new home

Religion Archdiocese of Philadelphia
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St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Montgomery County.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is now looking for a partner to help with its plans for future viability and sustainability, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday.

The seminary, located on Wynnewood Road in Lower Merion, scrapped the initial plan to consolidate on its existing campus and lease or sell buildings and property that were not being used. Part of that plan included moving its College Division program from the lower part of the campus into open space in its Theology Division buildings on the upper part of campus.

An independent study was conducted and a modified plan was determined to be necessary.

The institution's Board of Trustees recommended that the seminary partner with a local Catholic college or university and move to newly constructed buildings on or near the partner's campus.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput authorized Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, to begin that process.

“It is my strong belief that this new direction will allow us to build on the already solid foundation of our present program by significantly strengthening and enhancing our seminary," Bishop Senior said. "This new path forward allows us to pursue new facilities that will further enrich and better serve the contemporary academic, spiritual, and human needs of our seminarians and lay students. We embark on this new journey at a time of particular strength and grace, emanating from the recent visit of our Holy Father, and testified to by another year of projected enrollment increases, a record increase in the 2016 Seminary Appeal and the addition of several new, well-credentialed faculty members.”

A timetable for the plan has yet to be determined.