Advent Novena: December 1 – 9

All are welcome to join the seminary community for the annual Advent Novena from December 1st through December 9th. Each evening of the Novena will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph and will include prayer, Scripture, a reflective homily, and hymns. For further information, including the list of scheduled homilists, please visit the Novena page.

Years of Dedicated Service

201511 Mikesch St Louis the King Award_On November 23rd, the Archdiocese of St. Louis recognized the anniversary celebrations of their employees, including the following staff members of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary:

Dr. Edward Hogan, Associate Professor – 5 years
Fr. Laurence Kriegshauser, Assistant Professor – 5 years
Sr. Priscilla Ferrerira, Carmelite Sisters (Kitchen) – 10 years
Mary Grosch, Library Assistant – 10 years
Sr. Rufina “Sr. Ruby” Kappithanparamb, Carmelite Sisters (Kitchen) – 10 years
Gerald Klaas, Maintenance Supervisor – 10 years
Deacon Joseph Meiergerd, Registrar – 10 years
William Toombs, Technical Services/Systems Librarian – 15 years
Msgr. James Ramacciotti, Assistant Professor – 30 years
Msgr. Gregory Mikesch, Vice Rector – 40 years

In addition, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson bestowed the St. Louis the King Award, the highest honor in the Archdiocese, upon Msgr. Mikesch (pictured here) in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the Archdiocese. We congratulate and thank Msgr. Mikesch and all of those celebrating anniversaries for their dedication to the seminary’s mission and their service to the Church in St. Louis.

20th Annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture

In October, we were honored to welcome His Excellency Peter J. Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th Annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture. His lecture, Sacred Liturgy: Great Mystery, Great Mercy, is now available on the seminary’s YouTube channel.

New Pipe Organ in the Chapel of St. Joseph

On November 11th, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson formally dedicated the new pipe organ in the Chapel of St. Joseph. The following evening, 300+ friends of the seminary gathered for a free debut concert. Dr. Horst Buchholz, the featured organist, was joined by soloists Jeff and Wendy Wisniewski and the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Choir.

The organ was built by A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company in Lithonia, GA. It has three manuals, 39 ranks and 2,156 pipes with a terraced console. Our organ is featured in the December 2015 issue of “The American Organist,” the magazine for the American Guild of Organists. The specifications for our new organ can be found below:

Great (10 Ranks of Pipes)
Swell (13 Ranks)
Choir (9 Ranks)
Inter-Manual Couplers
Combination System

Bishop Kemme Presents Fr. Kapaun’s Case to the Vatican

Kapaun PaintingBishop Carl Kemme, Class of 1986 and Bishop of Wichita, recently presented a report detailing the life and heroic Christian virtues of Fr. Emil Kapaun, Class of 1940, to Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of Saints’ Causes. Fr. Kapaun, a Wichita priest and Army chaplain who died in a North Korean prison camp in 1951, has been named a Servant of God and his cause for canonization is being presented to the Vatican.

  • Read an article from Catholic News Service about Bishop Kemme’s presentation.
  • Learn more about Fr. Emil Kapaun through the Diocese of Wichita’s website.