Over the last several years, enrollment in Saint Joseph Seminary College has grown from 60 to an all-time high of 138 seminarians. Leaders at the Seminary College quickly realized the need for housing and classrooms would be a priority. A renovated Vianney Hall was opened in January 2013. Construction of a new library was set to begin this year, in great part thanks to gifts from the Archdiocese of New Orleans's "I Will Give you Shepherds" campaign. These projects constitute the first major construction and renovation efforts since construction of the campus in 1960.
Following the construction of the new library, the seminary college's Master Campus Plan called for the renovation of existing Savio, Borromeo and Pius X Halls to provide more and modernized seminarian housing, classroom and faculty office space.
On March 11, 2016, the Bogue Falaya River inundated Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College with more than two feet of water. Thirty-one buildings were damaged, causing an estimated $30 million in damage. Thanks to the tireless efforts of faculty and staff, seminarians were able to return quickly and finish the semester on time.
The campus has been abuzz with activity during the last three months. Cleanup and remediation are complete. With reconstruction on the horizon, the renovation of all buildings used by the seminarians before their return in August has become first priority. With enrollment expected to break records again this Fall, the renovation of classrooms, dormitories and the student dining hall is vital to provide the seminarians with the necessary tools to continue their formation and journeys to become Roman Catholic priests.
Following these renovations, leaders will revisit the needs outlined in the Master Campus Plan to ensure the success of Saint Joseph Seminary College for years to come.
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Department of Institutional Advancement