Rector's Welcome

“Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others about our friendship with Him.”

~Pope Benedict XVI 

Fr. John Horn, S.J.Christ’s Peace! Welcome to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary’s website. As you view and read about the people and programs at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, I hope that you primarily see relationships that are rooted and grounded in the gift of faith. Relationships determine our identity and mission. We have come to believe that the “new evangelization” is not a slogan, but a reality to be lived. With Our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, the first apostles, and all of the saints throughout the ages, we are humbly aware that the beauty of friendship with Jesus makes all the difference.

At Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, through the gift of a lively faith, we have been given the grace to know Him and to taste and see the beauty of living day by day in real friendship with Jesus. We learn as disciples to speak of His love freely and how silence speaks of a special intimacy with Him and of love’s triumph at the cross in everyday and practical ways.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary enjoys an amazingly rich living tradition. Founded in 1818, it serves many dioceses throughout the nation and several religious orders. Over 2,700 of our alumni have been ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. At the present time we serve one-hundred and twenty four students who are enrolled in either the Kenrick Pre-Theology or Theology programs of seminary formation or the Cardinal Glennon College program for collegiate seminary education.

Be assured that we will keep you in our prayers as we also request your prayers. May we all grow in our call to holiness. In describing priesthood as a call to holiness, St. John Marie Vianney said, “The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.” May we, in true humility, not be afraid of our greatness, for the full affection of the Father's Spirit is present for each one of us.

If you desire to explore a call to diocesan priesthood, I encourage you to contact your diocesan vocation director. Know that you are always welcome to visit Kenrick-Glennon Seminary to gain a better understanding of the awe-inspiring call to serve as a priest. We are all called to seek first the kingdom of God, our relationship with Jesus, and then everything else will be given (Luke 12:30-32). May we rest and abide always in this truth.

In the Risen Heart of Jesus,

Fr. John Horn, S.J.