Newly Ordained Priests and Deacons

During the month of May, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained four men to the Transitional Diaconate and four men to the Sacred Priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including one seminarian from the Diocese of Tshumbe (Democratic Republic of Congo). Each of these men responded to the call of God to serve the Church in a unique and generous way. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin ministering to the Church. You can learn more about their call and journey to the priesthood in these two articles, written by Dave Luecking from the St. Louis Review:

Foundation Launches Charitable Gift Annuities

Our planned giving partner, the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri, initiated its Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) program in mid-May 2017. This popular planned giving vehicle works this way:

1) The donor makes an irrevocable gift to the Foundation,

2) The donor receives a partial tax deduction based on their age,

3) The Foundation pays the donor a specified income for life,

4) Upon the donors passing, the remaining gift amount goes into a fund to benefit Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

To learn more about CGAs, please click on this link:

Class of 2017 Parting Gift

Class Dean Speech – Deacon Jacob Carlin, Wichita

“As is tradition, the dean of the Deacon class offers a few parting words and presents a class gift to the Seminary.  When I was trying to think of something profound to say before we go, I was reminded of the words of Mother Teresa who said, ‘You can do no great things.  Only small things with great love.’  Perhaps our class will not be remembered for some extravagant, extraordinary, or grandiose achievement, but I hope that we can be remembered for the great love with which we served the community.  I hope that we indeed did small things with great love.”

“In light of that beautiful quote, I would now like to present to the Kenrick-Glennon community, a gift from our class.  Please accept from us, this framed, canvas print of Mother Teresa.  Due to the incredible witness of her life, the example she is to all of us of service, and since she was canonized during this academic year, we found it fitting to make sure that a picture of her found its place in the halls of our community.”

Farewell, Fr. Randy Soto!

Fr. Randy Soto has served the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary community for an entire decade, becoming a beloved professor, resident priest, and spiritual father to the men in formation. We are grateful for the legacy Fr. Soto leaves to the seminary and wish him well in his new assignment at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Before departing St. Louis, Fr. Soto has shared a brief review of his experience at Kenrick-Glennnon Seminary – spanning ten years and witnessing over 150 men become priests.

Tell us about your next assignment. What have you learned in your time at Kenrick that will aid you in your new role? 

What have been the most rewarding aspects of your time at KGS?

How have you used Lectio Divina to assist seminarians in opening themselves to dialogue with God?

How have you seen the seminary’s mission come alive?

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at the Seminary?

Ordinations 2017

This year, 15 men will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood for 10 dioceses. Nine seminarians will also be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate for four dioceses.

We are grateful to the countless people who have supported these men through prayer and contributions to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Thank you for supporting them as they prepare to devote their lives to the service of Christ and His Church.

Visit our Ordinations page to learn more about the men and the ordinations in ten dioceses around the world.