1968 – Saint John Vianney College Seminary is founded. Seminarians live in Loras Hall 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, Rector (later appointed Bishop of Des Moines, retired)

1982 – Archbishop John Roach and Rector Msgr. Richard Pates break ground on the new SJV building in the northeast corner of the campus.

1984 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, visits SJV and meets with then Rector Richard Pates. The community gathering space at SJV is now called the Pope Benedict Room where the Pontiff’s zucchetto is on display.

1987-1990 – Fr. Kevin McDonough, Rector

1990-1992 – Fr. Dale Korogi, Rector

1992-1999 – Fr. Peter Christensen, Rector (later appointed Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin, and now Bishop of Boise, Idaho)

1998 – The first group of SJV seminarians study at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome for a semester. Twenty years later, more than 90 percent of the men participate in the Rome Program.

1999-2010 – Fr. William Baer, Rector

2000 – The SJV JAXX face The Saint Paul Seminary Sons of Thunder in the first Rectors’ Bowl, an annual football game played on the UST football field. The winning team goes back to their seminary with bragging rights and the Rector’s Trophy.

2002 – Pastores 21 begins, providing opportunities for seminarians to interact with local professionals who live their Catholic faith in the workplace. Renamed Virtuous Business Leaders, this large-group presentation format, followed by small-group discussions, provides SJV seminarians with the same valuable interaction with joyful Catholic leaders throughout the academic year.

2004 – The first Vianney Cup is held to benefit seminarian formation. The 14th Annual Vianney Cup will be held on September 17, 2018.

2005 – The First Annual Borromeo Weekend is held as a way to increase fraternity among the SJV men and their brother seminarians at The Saint Paul Seminary. The weekend begins with a Friday evening Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by a candlelight procession to St. Mary’s Chapel on the south campus. 40 hours of prayer and Eucharistic adoration concludes on Sunday morning.

2006 – Fr. Bill Baer celebrates first Last Chance Mass for six students. More than 12 years later, approximately 300 people attend the popular Sunday night Mass at SJV during the academic year.

2008 – UST Head Football Coach Glen Caruso and the SJV seminarians establish “Caruso’s Crew” to cheer on the Tommies at home games.

2010-present – Fr. Michael Becker, 8th Rector of Saint John Vianney College Seminary

2013 – The First Spring Mass and May Crowning is celebrated with friends of SJV. The 5th annual event was held on May 6, 2018.

2016 – Fifteen SJV seminarians studying abroad in Rome reside at the Pontifical Irish College.

2016 – Go out into the world! SJV seminarians begin taking mission trips to Honduras to work with the poor and marginalized. Trips to India begin in 2017 and the Dominican Republic in 2018.

2018 – More than 500 SJV alumni are serving as ordained priests today, including three bishops and one cardinal. Many more are serving as lay leaders and faith-filled witnesses building up the Catholic Church throughout the world.

2018-2019 – SJV celebrates 50 year of faith, formation, fraternity, discernment, fidelity.


Please join us on April 25, 2019, as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and hope for the future of Saint John Vianney College Seminary!

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