Saint Joseph College Seminary
Saint Joseph College Seminary, formerly Niles College Seminary at Loyola University, is the undergraduate or college seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the Archdiocesan Chicago Seminary system, Saint Joseph College Seminary affords college aged men the opportunity to discern their calling to the Catholic Priesthood.
The Archdiocese broke ground and blessed an area on the Loyola campus on Loyola Avenue in the heart of campus, directly behind Campion Hall, at 6551 North Sheridan Road (the home of the current seminary, which the Archdiocese leased from Loyola in 1994), on Monday, February 21, 2011 for a new building the Archdiocese will own; it will also bear the name Saint Joseph College Seminary. The contract expires in 2012, and Archdiocesan officials thought it would be better served using the money it would have spent on rent to start covering the cost of loans for its own building. The Archdiocese has operated a college (undergraduate philosophy program) seminary for 50 years, starting with St. Mary of the Lake Junior College and later Niles College and then the present St. Joseph College Seminary. At all times dedication to the priesthood has remained. The new building, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will have a residence area, a chapel, library, office space, dining hall, and recreational space. The Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel will feature stained-glass windows from the now-closed Holy Rosary Church, as well as a new rose window from Rigali Studios. Thirty-four rooms will accommodate 68 seminarians and there will also be six suites for priests on staff and guests.
Archdiocese of Chicago Seminary System:
- Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary (high school seminary; closed 2007)
- Saint Joseph College Seminary (minor seminary)
- University of Saint Mary of the Lake (incorporating Cardinal Mundelein Seminary, the major seminary for graduate-level theology studies)
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