Sejny Priest Seminary

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Buildings of former church, monastery, and priest seminary

The Sejny Priest Seminary or Sejny Theological Seminary was a Catholic priest seminary established in Sejny (now Poland) in 1826. The courses lasted five years. Up until its dissolution in 1926, the seminary was an important center of Lithuanian culture, educating many prominent figures of the Lithuanian National Revival.

The Sejny Seminary was established by bishop Nicholas John Manugiewicz to address shortages of Lithuanian-speaking priests.[1] At first the seminary was small. Later, when seminaries in Tykocin (1863) and Kielce (1893) were closed and merged, the Sejny Seminary grew to 60–80 students.[2] A large portion of the students were sons of Lithuanian peasants from Suvalkija. In 1915, during World War I, the seminary was evacuated into Russia (first Mogilev, then Saint Petersburg).[2] In 1919 the seminary returned to Sejny, but the town was at the center of the Polish–Lithuanian War. After Polish army secured the town, Lithuanian students and faculty were expelled into Lithuania, where the seminary continued in Zypliai and Gižai.[2] In 1926 the Sejny Seminary was renamed to Vilkaviškis Priest Seminary and ceased to exist.