Fr. Martin Succeeds Cohort as National Vocations President

father-martinDave Luecking | St. Louis Review | October 20, 2016

Father Chris Martin barely had time to reflect on his new title as president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors.

Just a week after his election at the group’s annual convention in Boston, he was off to Rome for the first-ever World Summit on Vocations, called by Pope Francis. Father Martin is among 200 vocations directors from around the world, including five others from the United States, to be invited to the three-day summit. The Holy Father is slated to address the group Oct. 21.

Essentially, the summit will address the state of vocations from a global standpoint, with the vocations directors providing statistics and information about programs in their regions.

Through the lens of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, which has students from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses, vocations of future diocesan priests are doing well. Enrollment this year is 126, and has been in the 109-129 range over the past 10 years after a steep decline in the 40 years prior.

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Fall 2016 Herald Magazine

herald-cover-fall-2016The Fall 2016 issue of the Herald magazine is in the mail! We are eager to share our mission through this publication. Highlights from the issue include:

  • Letters from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Fr. James Mason
  • Family: The First Seminary by Paul Floersch, Pre-Theology II – Omaha
  • Surprised by Love: A Seminarian’s Reflection on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Deacon Laurent Okitakatshi, Theology IV – Tshumbe (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • 2015-2016 Annual Report

If you do not want to wait for the mail, you can click here to read the Fall Herald today! If you do not currently receive the Herald and would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact

Souls and Goals Soccer Cup

The annual Souls and Goals Soccer soccerCup will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at CBC High School. Watch the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions compete against Clergy & Company, a team of St. Louis priests (and their friends). The game is free and concessions will be available for purchase. Please arrive by 6:30 for the start of the program; kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

This match is held during National Vocation Awareness Week —a week-long celebration to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education.

Fiat Women’s Group + Forming Men for Christ

Fiat Women’s Group

All women are invited to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary on the 3rd Thursday of each month for the Fiat Women’s Group. Each meeting will include prayer, a talk from a distinguished seminary faculty member, and discussion. For further details, please visit 

Forming Men for Christ

All men are invited to join our President-Rector, Father James Mason, for Mass, coffee, and a talk at St. Joseph’s Church in Clayton on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The purpose of this event is to help form men in the faith and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. For further details, please visit

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