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‘Better Things Are to Come’: New Seminary Chapel Is a Sign of Hope for the Priesthood

Clockwise from right: The rood beam’s Latin inscription at the new St. John Vianney College Seminary chapel reads, ‘Tu es filius meus dilectus in te complacui’; in English: ‘You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.’ Hundred-year-old statues of Mary (and Joseph) flank the altar. The statues were originally from Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary, which was replaced by St. John Vianney College Seminary after closing in 1971. A group of fourth-year seminarians gather to pray before the dedication Mass.

Architectural highlights at St. John Vianney College Seminary physically express a bold vision of priestly formation.