SLU, Archdiocese of St. Louis Sign Agreement to Enrich Seminarian Education
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Fred Pestello, Ph.D., president
of Saint Louis University, signed an agreement on Monday, April 23, that brings the
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary undergraduate program fully into SLU’s College of Philosophy
and Letters, which oversees programs for students training for priesthood and ministry.
Currently seminarians take their first two years of undergraduate classes at SLU and
finish their education at the seminary, receiving a degree from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Under the new agreement, seminarians will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy
from SLU, taking classes taught both at SLU and at the seminary. The program changes
will be implemented for the 2018-19 school year.
“I am very pleased at the latest collaboration between Saint Louis University and
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and know that this partnership will produce superbly trained
priests both theologically as well as scholastically, who, under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit will be configured to the Heart of Jesus Christ, shepherding whole heartedly
with Christ’s pastoral charity,” Carlson said.
The seminarians will be able to explore other disciplines while at SLU. Carlson said
he hoped that many would take advantage of the language arts and minor in Spanish
as the archdiocese has a growing Spanish-speaking population.
“We are pleased to be able to extend our longtime collaboration with the seminary
and the archdiocese,” Pestello said. “I want to thank all of those involved in making
this agreement a reality; and we look forward to providing the best possible education
for the seminarians.”
William Rehg, S.J., dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters, said the bachelor’s program now contains a track designed for the needs of seminarians,
which differ in some ways from the needs of other students in the College.
“The basic requirements are not that different from any other philosophy degree,”
he said. “We can keep up with the changing needs of the archdiocese because we have
a College devoted to the education of men interested in the priesthood. The benefit
for the seminarians is that they will now possess a SLU degree.”
The College of Philosophy and Letters was founded in 1889 and provides both the philosophical
and intellectual background needed for further studies in theology and ministry.
“I am thrilled with this partnership between the archdiocese and SLU because it will
provide seminarians with access to SLU faculty and will enrich our classes with students
who have dedicated their lives to the church,” added Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious
Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first
university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous,
transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse
community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares
students to make the world a better, more just place.