In September 1965, Bishop John Wright founded Saint Paul Seminary on the grounds of what used to be the Saint Paul Orphans' Asylum in Crafton. Since that time, the seminary has served the Diocese of Pittsburgh, serving as a place of discernment and formation for men considering a calling to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
In this anniversary year, the seminary community is both looking forward and looking back. We are looking forward to many more years of seminary formation in Pittsburgh, navigating the future with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. But we also looking back on the past fifty years, from the founding days of the seminary, through the service of thirteen rectors and many vice rectors, spiritual directors, and staff members, and the countless graced moments of discernment and reflection experienced by the students themselves.
"Every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old" (Matt. 13:52). Taking these words to heart, Saint Paul Seminary has decided to mark its fiftieth anniversary by beginning a project that will preserve and illuminate the past and provide guidance and context for the future: writing an institutional history of the seminary.
The history of an institution, and a seminary in particular, has to be more than a collection of names, dates, and figures. Therefore, we are reaching out to alumni of the seminary—both those who went on to ordained ministry, and those who serve the Church as laymen. We want to hear a personal perspective on your time at Saint Paul's, whether that means few short recollections about your daily life as a seminarian, or a longer reflection on what Saint Paul Seminary means to you. We are grateful for your contribution.
We are especially interested in gathering media, such as photographs or old documents, that relate to the history of the seminary. Follow the link below to access the contribution page, where you can submit your recollections and media.