Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Meet our priest formators and staff

Rev. Jonathan Kelly Rector, Saint John Vianney College Seminary Very Reverend Jonathan Kelly is a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and a member of the priestly fraternity, the Companions of Christ. Ordained in 2011, he was the associate pastor at All Saints in Lakeville, Minnesota until 2014. Since then he has …

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Thank You Father Becker!

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1968 – Saint John Vianney College Seminary is founded. Seminarians live on the South Campus of the University of St. Thomas before moving to Brady Hall on the North Campus. 1968-1971 – Fr. John Roach, Rector (later appointed Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis) 1971-1981 – Fr. Ken Pierre, Rector 1981-1987 – Fr. Richard Pates, …

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A Message from the Rector

  Greetings from St. John Vianney College Seminary, My name is Fr. Jonathan Kelly. As rector, I have the great privilege of being the leader and spiritual father of the seminary, and I’m inspired every day by our young men who, with great courage, have stepped forward to consider a call to the priesthood. I …

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SJV seminarians are powerful witnesses of the Gospel on campus and throughout the community. Our men are trained to live the New Evangelization as “missionary disciples” by participating in service projects, teaching religious education, leading Bible studies, and getting involved in campus activities. As part of their pastoral formation, SJV seminarians are expected to complete …

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Spiritual formation invites and guides each seminarian to grow closer to the Trinity and to come to know himself as a beloved son of the Father in Jesus Christ. This foundational experience helps seminarians to know and courageously accept their vocation in faith. Prayer and Liturgy SJV places relational prayer and the sacraments at the …

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Saint John Vianney College Seminary collaborates with the University of St. Thomas, a fully accredited university, to provide and encourage academic excellence and to call forth the full potential of each student. In response to the Program for Priestly Formation (PPF) and its emphasis on intellectual formation, we encourage SJV seminarians to know that God …

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Saint John Vianney College Seminary seeks to form each seminarian to be a well-rounded man of communion, a man who fosters true unity and peace among those he serves. This is accomplished through a life of prayer, fraternity and individual accompaniment from seminary staff. Each seminarian meets regularly with his priest formation advisor who encourages …

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