Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Strategic Plan CoverKenrick-Glennon Seminary is pleased to present our new five-year strategic plan, entitled Configuring Men to the Heart of Jesus Christ: Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The plan builds on the considerable success that the seminary has experienced over our long history and, at the same time, emphasizes directions and priorities that will enhance our distinctive excellence in seminary formation as we walk forward into a future full of hope.

Visit kenrick.edu/strategicplan to read our Strategic Plan.

Introducing President-Rector Fr. James Mason

“The men hear a common mantra from me: “What does this look like in the parish?’ This simple and obvious question is the heart of the seminary mission. We realize that our primary purpose is not simply to be a graduate school of theology. We are a seminary. That means forming a man humanly, spiritually, intellectually and pastorally for life and ministry in the parish. The end goal is the parish because that’s where the people are, the point of encounter for the priest with his people.”

On July 1st, Father James Mason, JD, began his role as President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Fr. Mason, originally a priest from the Diocese of Sioux Falls, served as Dean of Seminarians and Director of Spiritual Formation last year. Since his ordination in 2001, Fr. Mason has served as medical-moral adviser, vice chancellor, director of vocations, director of Broom Tree Retreat Center and a parish pastor.

Fr. Mason replace Fr. John Horn, SJ, who has served as President-Rector July 2011. This leadership transition was announced in January with Fr. Horn and Fr. Mason working together during the spring semester to guarantee continuity in the formation of our seminarians.

In addition, it has been announced that Fr. Paul Hoesing from the Archdiocese of Omaha and Fr. Mark Kramer, SJ will join the seminary community in the fall semester as Dean of Seminarians and Director of Spiritual Formation (respectively).

Getting to Know Your Future Priests

We recently interviewed some of our seminarians on several fun and important topics. You can watch their responses below or through our YouTube channel (kenrickglennon).

  • Vocation Story with Paul Clark, George Rhodes, and Patrick Hannegan
  • Influences with Paul Clark, Jacob Schlueter, and Patrick Hannegan
  • Pastoral Ministry with Drew Hoffman and Jack Ruzicka

Summer Assignment: Combating Hunger in the Wichita Diocese

hoffman_aSeminarian Drew Hoffman, Theology III – Wichita, is spending his summer in the kitchen combating hunger in his home diocese. Drew is working at The Lord’s Diner in Wichita where they serve roughly 2,000 meals a day to the hungry. His work and the work of other Wichita seminarians was recently featured in a story by Gemma Rajewski in the Catholic Advance.

“The hardest part is seeing the pain and struggle of many on a daily basis. Numerous guests who come to the Diner or to the trucks have wonderful hearts and have a deep relationship with the Lord, and to see them struggle physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually, with family issues and so on is painful to see.”

Joy Reigns at Kenrick-Glennon Days

Colleen Dulle | St. Louis Review | June 10, 2015

Kenrick-Glennon Days 2015Hurtling down a 20-foot, homemade waterslide into a mud pit while shooting hoops probably isn’t most people’s fist impression of seminary life, but for many young men — from sixth-graders to new priests — that was precisely their introduction at Kenrick-Glennon Days, a camp the seminary hosts each summer.

“I don’t think that most young men think that they could have as much fun coming to a seminary as they have,” said Father Chris Martin, vocations director for the archdiocese. “I think when they just see all the joy, the joy on the campers, the joy for the seminarians, the joy for the priests, that it’s just a great thing.”

Click to continue reading on the St. Louis Review website.