Dear Friends in the Lord,
Since its opening in 1896, the message of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed, lived and celebrated by the dedicated and committed priests of the Archdiocese of New York who have studied and received their theological education and formation at Saint Joseph’s Seminary.
Without a doubt, one of the many blessings of this Archdiocese is its extraordinary seminary system: Saint Joseph’s Seminary, our major theologate located in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers; the Saint John Neumann Residence Seminary, a pre-seminary program now located in Douglaston, Queens, for those attending college or in need of courses prior to entering major seminary; and the Cathedral Preparatory Program for high school men considering a vocation to the priesthood. Fortunately, the People of God of the archdiocese have never ceased to be as supportive as they can be of their seminary system.
With this letter, I invite you to tmake a sacrificial offering to the annual seminary collection, which will be conducted in our parishes over the weeekend of September 17 and 18. The cost of preparing future priests is daunting, and for this reason we count on your support. With it, we are able to continue our solid tradiation of excellence in the formation and academic training of candidates for the priesthood.
What fond memories we all have of the visits of the two succsessors of St. Peter to the seminary; Bl. Pope John Paul II in 1995 and Pope Benedict XVI three years ago. Christ has given us His Chuch, with the guft of the priesthood to perpetuate the Eucharist, to preach the Gospel, and
to forgive sins.
Please know how very grateful I am for whatever you are able to do in assisting our seminarians in becoming your good, dedicated, and holy priests one day soon.
With prayerful best wishes, I am, very truly yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan