Chapel Renovation is Looking Heavenly

St. Louis Review | Joseph Kenny | March 25, 2015

04012015 Chapel

Below, craftsmen sawed boards and above, electricians worked on wiring in the attic of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury as renovation makes its way toward a late-spring completion.

The work is the final phase of the seminary renovation funded by the Faith for the Future campaign. The rest of the project at the college and graduate school of theology, which serves seminarians for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses and religious communities, was completed in the fall of 2012. The chapel is to be consecrated on Sunday, May 3.

Immediately, the ceiling stands out. It has been been resurfaced, painted with stars, sunbursts and rays of light. “It’s the heavens,” architect James McCrery said.

New Director of Spiritual Formation

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has named Fr. Mark Kramer, S.J., J.D., S.T.D., as the new director of Spiritual Formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary beginning July 1, 2015.

Fr. Kramer is completing a year of Tertianship studies as he prepares for final vows as a member of the Society of Jesus of the Central-Southern Province. Most recently, Fr. Kramer served as an Assistant Professor of Theology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. He was born and raised as a member of St. Catherine Laboure Parish in St. Louis, graduated with degrees in political science and international peace studies from Notre Dame, received a juris doctorate from Georgetown University School of Law, and earned his doctorate in Fundamental Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He has been a Jesuit for over 20 years. The seminary is grateful to his Provincial, Fr. Ron Mercier, S.J., for assigning him to serve our mission.

As Director of Spiritual Formation, Fr. Kramer will serve as a full-time spiritual director and be available for some part-time teaching. He will also administer retreats and days of recollection. The seminary will be blessed by adding Fr. Kramer to an already outstanding faculty. His leadership promises to strengthen the seminary’s awe-inspiring mission.

Spring 2015 Herald Magazine

Herald Spring 2015 CoverThe Spring 2015 issue of the Herald Magazine is now available. We are eager to share our mission through this publication. Highlights from this issue include:

  • Human Formation: Preparing Men of Communion for the Church by Scott Scheiderer, Theology III – St. Louis
  • Life as an International Seminarian by Laurent-Bernard Okitakatshi, Theology II – Tshumbe (Congo)
  • Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Fostering Vocations through the Annual Catholic Appeal
  • Photos from the renovations of the Chapel of St. Joseph

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Forming Men for Christ: Mass & Coffee with Fr. Mason

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphotoFr. James Mason, the seminary’s next President-Rector, invites Catholic men in St. Louis for Mass, a talk and refreshments at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clayton every second Thursday of the month.

Mass will be in the Church at 6:30 a.m., with coffee, refreshments and Fr. Mason’s talk from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. in the Centennial Room in the church basement. Participants are welcome to attend any part of the morning.

April 9- “Spousal Love”

March 12 – “Knowing and Living Your First Vocation”

Faculty Information

Members of the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary constitute a collaborative community of faith, formation and learning. These distinguished scholars are experts in their fields of Philosophy, Church History, Sacred Scripture, etc. Our faculty members are engaging instructors who blend academic expertise with experience in ministry and a desire to help others know Christ and serve His Church. To learn more, please visit the following pages: