Saint Joseph College Seminary
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|Saint Joseph College Seminary|
|1120 W Loyola Ave
|School type||College Seminary|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Joseph|
|Established||1964 (as Saint Mary's College)|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Chicago|
|Website||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 former location of the seminary, which the Archdiocese leased from Loyola in 1994), on Monday, February 21, 2011 for a new building the Archdiocese owns; it bears the name Saint Joseph College Seminary. The contract expired 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.
The new building has a residence area, a chapel, library, office space, dining hall, and recreational space. The Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel features stained-glass windows from the now-closed Holy Rosary Church, as well as a new rose window from Rigali Studios. Thirty-four rooms accommodate 68 seminarians and as well as six suites for priests on staff and guests.
Archdiocese of Chicago Seminary System:
- Archbishop Quigley Scholars Program (High School outreach program)
- 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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