St. John Vianney Theological Seminary

August 23rd, 2022

Our seminarians returned last week, and after a day of spiritual retreat, a morning of orientation, and three days of camping (this year to Lake Granby), they are eager to begin another year.

Today I had the joy of celebrating a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit to mark the opening of the new Academic Year. Celebrating this Mass of the Holy Spirit is a long tradition in the Church. It is an occasion to pray for gifts of the Holy Spirit and a successful year of formation and discernment.

The opening of the Academic Year offers us an opportunity to express our gratitude to sending Bishops, vocation directors, and religious superiors for entrusting us with the formation of their future priests. It also is an opportunity to welcome our new seminarians, especially the large group of 24 new members of our Spirituality Year. That brings us to a total of 119 enrolled students for this academic year.

This is also a time to welcome some new formation faculty formally. Fr. John Nepil, who continues to teach in our Theology program, was appointed as Vice-Rector of SJV. We have three new formators: Fr. Adam Bradshaw, Fr. Daniel Eusterman, and Fr. Rocco Porter. We are also excited to welcome back to our faculty as a spiritual director Fr. Jim Thermos. Fr. William Breslin has graciously accepted a newly formed position as chaplain to SJV faculty and staff.

Our academic faculty is enhanced with Fr. Daniel Moloney and Dr. Scott Powell becoming full-time professors. New this year to the theology faculty are Dr. Christopher West and Dr. Joshua Revelle. We also have two new part-time teachers Fr. José Granados, and Fr. Chris Marbury. In accord with Canon Law, these new professors expressed their readiness to serve the Church by making a profession of faith and an Oath of Fidelity at our opening mass.

I want to thank all our benefactors for your generous and continued support of our mission to form good priests for the future of the Church. We couldn’t fulfill this vital mission of the Church without your help!

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the men. We will pray for all of you this year for God’s protection and intercession.

In Christ,
Fr. Daniel Leonard Ph.D., STL

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