St. Charles Seminary

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St. Charles Seminary and Chapel
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the afternoon.jpg
The former Seminary in 2010
St. Charles Seminary is located in Ohio
St. Charles Seminary
Nearest city Carthagena, Ohio
Coordinates 40°25′57″N 84°33′48″W / 40.43250°N 84.56333°W / 40.43250; -84.56333Coordinates: 40°25′57″N 84°33′48″W / 40.43250°N 84.56333°W / 40.43250; -84.56333
Area 150 acres (61 ha)
Built 1906 (1906)
Architectural style Gothic, Romanesque
Governing body Private
MPS Cross-Tipped Churches of Ohio TR
NRHP Reference # 79002840[1]
Added to NRHP July 26, 1979

Saint Charles Seminary was a Catholic seminary run by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.P.P.S) located in Carthagena, Ohio, United States. It is now a retirement center for clergy and lay people. The seminary, chapel, and five other buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]


The first buildings on the site of Saint Charles Seminary were the former buildings of the Emlen Institute. The institute was a boarding school for African-American youth, begun with a bequest from Samuel Emline, Jr., a Quaker. The institute sold its Ohio property and moved to Pennsylvania in 1857.[2] In 1861 the Missionaries of the Precious Blood purchased 200 acres of land and the former Emlen Institute.[3]

The current seminary building was constructed over a six year period in the 1920s. It is a three-story building with a 371 foot frontage, flanked by two 140 foot wings. The chapel was built by the sons of Ohio steepled-church designer Anton De Curtins.[4]

The seminary closed in 1969 as a consequence of declining enrollment. Theology students for the order now study at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.[5]

Present day[edit]

In order to accommodate the retiring priests, which peaked in 1980s and 1990s, the former seminary was converted into a retirement home. The center has been converted into a retirement home for lay seniors as well.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Emlen Institution for the Benefit of Children of African and Indian Descent, 1765-1956". Everford College, Quaker & Special Collections. Haverford College. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "St. Charles Carthagena, Ohio". St. Charles Missionaries of the Precious Blood, C.PP.S. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Mary Ann Brown; Mary Niekamp (July 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Cross-Tipped Churches Thematic Resource" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "St. Charles Carthagena, Ohio - Missionaries of the Precious Blood". St. Charles Missionaries of the Precious Blood, C.PP.S. Retrieved 2 May 2015.