SJV rector: Forming young men requires holiness, courage, creativity

Dear friends and patrons,

Greetings from Saint John Vianney College Seminary!

I am delighted to write to you for the first time as Rector, and I am filled with sincere gratitude and fresh energy as I discover the many supporters and benefactors who demonstrate their ongoing confidence in us through their resources, service, and prayers.

This year, we welcomed 23 new men, and I am already impressed with their courage as they step forward to answer God’s call to consider the priesthood. Their fervor, diligence in pursuing truth, authenticity and love of the Lord should fill us all with hope for the future of our Church.

The bold proclamation from Mordecai to Queen Esther has been running through my mind often in these early days: “Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). At SJV, we embrace the challenges of secularism and division with hope in the hand of God, who directs us with mercy and power.

It will require holiness, courage, and creativity for the Church to become the radiant light and source of true and eternal hope once again. We consider it an honor that God the Father, in His perfect and sovereign providence, would choose us and entrust us to live and serve Him and His Church in times such as these.

We are humbled and thankful for your support in forming future Shepherds eager to bring home all who are lost. Please know that we remember you in our prayers and we thank you for all you do to help our critically important mission flourish.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Fr. Jonathan Kelly
Rector, Saint John Vianney College Seminary


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