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St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
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100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 19096

39°59′28″N 75°15′20″W / 39.9910851°N 75.2556834°W / 39.9910851; -75.2556834Coordinates: 39°59′28″N 75°15′20″W / 39.9910851°N 75.2556834°W / 39.9910851; -75.2556834

Type Roman Catholic seminary
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Church
Established 1832 (Template:Years ago years ago)
Rector Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It is named for Saint Charles Borromeo and it is the seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.[1] The seminary is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

It consists of four divisions: College, Theology, Graduate School of Theology and Permanent Diaconate. Potential candidates for the priesthood pursue a program which consists of a four-year liberal arts curriculum followed by a four-year curriculum within the professional school of theology. The seminary offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts.

The current rector is the Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior and the current Vice Rector is Reverend Fr. Joseph Shenosky.


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The Eakins Room at the seminary contains six portraits by Thomas Eakins.

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary was founded in 1832 by Bishop Francis Kenrick, the third Bishop of Philadelphia. The seminary was initially located at the home of Bishop Kenrick on Fifth Street in Philadelphia. In 1838, it was chartered to grant academic degrees. Circumstances required the subsequent relocation of the seminary to the northwest corner of Fifth and Prune Streets, then to Saint Mary's Rectory on Fourth Street, and eventually to the southeast corner of Eighteenth and Race Streets in Philadelphia before moving, in 1871, to its present home in Overbrook.

In 1863 Bishop James F. Wood made the first of three purchases of the property that today comprises the campus of Overbrook. In September, 1871, the preparatory college and theology divisions were reunited on the present campus. In December, 1875, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was formally dedicated by Archbishop Wood (who reached that rank when Philadelphia became an archdiocese in 1875). Subsequent Archbishops of Philadelphia have initiated improvements on the Seminary campus. Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan began the building of the library. Archbishop Edmond Prendergast oversaw the building of a student residence hall. Dennis Cardinal Dougherty sponsored the construction of the college building. John Cardinal O'Hara added an indoor swimming pool to the physical assets of the Seminary. In 1971, under the leadership of John Cardinal Krol, a residence hall and multi-purpose building dedicated to Saint John Vianney was constructed. In 2005, the Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Research Center was established at the Ryan Memorial Library. The building was completely renovated in the process. The buildings that make up the current Theology Division along with the Ryan Memorial Library stand at the western end of campus. The Seminary College is located at the eastern end.

For an eleven-year period the preparatory division of the seminary was located at Glen Riddle in Delaware County. The preparatory program consisted at that time of what is equivalent to today's last two years of high school and four years of college. The high school program was discontinued in 1968. In 1999, an alumnus praised St. Charles for its liturgical conservatism compared to some other US seminaries.[2] After his successor, Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, was named in 2003, Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, the former Archbishop of Philadelphia, lived here in his retirement.

Pope Francis stayed in St. Charles during his visit to Philadelphia in 2015.[3][4]

In 2019 the Seminary sold their Wynnewood property to Main Line Health. The proceeds from the purchase will go toward building a new campus near Neumann University.

Notable alumni


  • Edward Joseph Adams
  • Thaddeus Amat y Brusi
  • Edward Barron
  • Eusebius J. Beltran
  • Herbert Bevard
  • Caspar Henry Borgess
  • Michael Joseph Bransfield
  • Francis Brennan
  • Michael Francis Burbidge
  • Joseph R. Cistone
  • Edward Peter Cullen
  • Joseph Thomas Daley
  • Louis A. DeSimone
  • Francis X. DiLorenzo
  • Michael Domenec
  • Dennis Joseph Dougherty
  • Michael J. Fitzgerald

  • Edmond Fitzmaurice
  • John T. Folda
  • John Patrick Foley
  • Ronald William Gainer
  • Joseph Anthony Galante
  • James Green
  • Edward Hughes
  • Francis Edward Hyland
  • William Henry Keeler
  • Peter Richard Kenrick
  • Joseph Edward Kurtz
  • Hugh L. Lamb
  • George L. Leech
  • Martin Nicholas Lohmuller
  • Stephen Lowe[5]
  • Robert P. Maginnis
  • Joseph Francis Martino

  • Joseph P. McFadden
  • Eugene J. McGuinness
  • John J. McIntyre
  • Joseph Mark McShea
  • James O'Connor
  • John Joseph O'Connor
  • Michael O'Connor
  • Joseph A. Pepe
  • Nelson J. Perez
  • Edmond Francis Prendergast
  • Kevin C. Rhoades
  • Stephen V. Ryan
  • Francis B. Schulte
  • Timothy C. Senior
  • Daniel E. Thomas
  • David B. Thompson
  • Thomas Jerome Welsh

Other alumni

  • Ralph J. Gore: Presbyterian minister, Professor of Theology and former Dean of Erskine Theological Seminary, Army Chaplain
  • Paul McNally: astronomer and former Dean of the Georgetown University School of Medicine


  1. Colleges in the Middle Atlantic States 2009 (24 ed.). Peterson's. ISBN 0-7689-2555-X.
  2. Violette, Lawrence (September 1999). "Reverence Grows at St. Charles Borromeo, Even "Among the Dandelions"". Adoremus Bulletin.
  3. O'Hearn, Erin (September 24, 2015). "Final Preps for the Pope At Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary". 6abc Action News. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. Wellington, Elizabeth (September 24, 2015). "What Francis will sleep on and eat from in Philadelphia". Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. Installed 13 February, 2015. "Bishop Stephen Marmion Lowe", Catholic Hierarchy (Retrieved 27 November 2014)

External links

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