I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. It is with immense joy and anticipation that I write to you today, as we prepare to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of Saint John's Seminary. This year promises to be a time of reflection, gratitude, and renewed commitment to the mission and vision of our beloved institution.
Over the past 140 years, Saint John's Seminary has stood as a beacon of faith, learning, and service, nurturing countless men who have gone on to serve the Church and society with unwavering dedication. Our rich history is a testament to the enduring power of faith, education, and community.
Throughout this celebratory year, we will explore the remarkable achievements and milestones that have shaped Saint John's Seminary. From its humble beginnings to its current position as a renowned center for theological education, our institution has been a steadfast pillar of the Catholic Church in our region and beyond. We will reflect on the lives of our distinguished alumni who have made profound impacts in various fields, from ministry and academia to social justice and humanitarian efforts.
As we commemorate our past, we also look to the future with optimism and enthusiasm. The 140th Anniversary Celebration is not merely a reflection on our history; it is also a celebration of the promise that lies ahead. We are committed to ensuring that Saint John's Seminary continues to thrive and evolve, preparing future generations of clergy and lay leaders to meet the challenges of a changing world.
To mark this special occasion, we have planned a series of events and activities throughout the year. These will include lectures, seminars, reunions, and special liturgical celebrations that will bring together our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to share in the spirit of this momentous occasion. We invite you to join us in person or virtually as we commemorate our shared history and envision a bright future for Saint John's Seminary.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported our seminary over the years. Your prayers, generosity, and unwavering commitment have been instrumental in our success, and we are excited to have you by our side as we embark on this celebratory year.
Please stay tuned for updates on our anniversary events and for ways that you can get involved. Together, we will celebrate the legacy of Saint John's Seminary and chart a course for the next 140 years of excellence in theological education and ministry.
May God bless you abundantly, and may Saint John the Evangelist, our patron, continue to watch over and guide us as we journey together in faith.
With gratitude and kind regards,
Very Rev. Stephen E. Salocks, '80
Saint John's Seminary