Seminary Enrollment Still Climbing

Joseph Kenny | St. Louis Review | August 27, 2014

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Jacob Brock, from St. Louis and Tylor Starkey fom Knoxville are both Glennon College Juniors. They were about to begin Evening Prayer in the chapel.Brandon Roth had been attending Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for a week or so, and is glad to be at a place full of men with the same goal — to serve God and His people. “Everyone is friendly, here to support each other. It’s nice to be with all these guys,” said Roth, who is from Perryville. He began thinking about the priesthood in his junior year at St. Vincent de Paul High School. He attended Mineral Area College, a two-year community college in Park Hills, before entering the seminary as a sophomore in the Cardinal Glennon College program.

The seminary in Shrewsbury opened for the fall semester with 136 students, about 10 more than the same time last year, which was the highest enrollment in 15 years. Enrollment at the seminary to begin each school year bounced between 91 and 112 from 1999 to 2005 before hitting a low of 76 in 2006. It has been on the rise ever since, dipping slightly only in a couple of years…