Annual Seminary Appeal for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

My Dear Parishioners,

I have fond memories of my days in the seminary especially around this time of year.  Traditionally St. Charles Seminary has celebrated their 40 Hours during this first week of November around the feast of St. Charles Borromeo (November 4).  It was always a beautiful expression of our faith and a nice break from the regular routine of classes.  Next Sunday also marks the official beginning of the Annual Seminary Appeal for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  A donation to the Appeal supports our seminarians, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and lay church leaders in their formation.  Most importantly, your gift provides for the future of our faith.  Please prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s Appeal to provide for future generations of the Church.  For more information you can visit

God Bless you,
Fr. Bordonaro

Auxiliary Bishop, and Seminary rector Bishop Timothy Senior has written the following letter for this Appeal:

Dear Friends,

Reflecting on the challenges that our communities, and our world, have faced in 2020, I am inspired by our seminarians and students as they continue to respond to God’s call to serve. It is a grace and a privilege to accompany these men and women on their journeys of discernment, formation, and growth in discipleship.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is not defined by its physical location; rather, the seminary is a community with a spiritual mission that impacts us all ~ to form servant leaders after the Heart of Jesus Christ. The seminarians and students of Saint Charles Borromeo are our Church’s future priests, deacons, catechists, pastoral ministers, teachers, theologians, spiritual leaders.

As the seminary continues forward with plans for relocation from the Overbrook campus, we hold fast to our central mission, and remain fully committed to all aspects of formation for our students and seminarians. The new campus will enrich our programs and bring a new sense of excitement to our Catholic community. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary remains strong for today, for tomorrow, for all of us.

I ask that you consider a contribution to this year’s Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. We are deeply grateful to faithful supporters like you. Your generosity makes possible the continued excellence of our programs so that our seminary will continue to stand as one of the Church’s most valued treasures.

Please know that your gift, and your continued prayerful support, make a profound impact on our faith and the future generations of our Church. As ever, you and your family are remembered often in the prayers of a grateful seminary community.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior