For a seminary that is currently in its
first decade, the obvious question which comes to mind is "what
history?" One needs only to acknowledge that when a newborn takes
its very first breath their history begins. In 2006 the newly born Saint
John the Evangelist Seminary took its very first breath of life and its
Saint John the Evangelist Seminary was
established in 2006 by the United States Old Catholic Church under the
leadership of Archbishop James Long and Bishop Douglas Preyna - Saint
John the Evangelist's first Rector. Saint John's was first created as a
"in-house" program of academic formation for candidates preparing for
priesthood within their jurisdiction. It soon became apparent that
within the Autocephalous Catholic world that Saint John's was seriously
achieving their goal of raising the bar of standards in preparing men
and women for priesthood.
In 2012 the Evangelical Catholic Church
became a partner in the Mission of Saint John's and Father Peter Julian
McGechie became their first priest to be awarded his Masters of
Divinity under a new consortium partnership. Father Peter's
graduation from St. John's solidified and confirmed the grace of the
Consortium Model for the future.
to the future....
With the retirement of the United States
Old Catholic Church in the summer of 2013 the question of the future of
Saint John's was never in doubt.
With the gracious assistance of Bishop
Preyna, the Evangelical Catholic Church unhesitatingly committed itself
to assuming stewardship of Saint John's and to embrace new avenues of
opportunities which will enable Saint John's to continue building upon
its past as it looks to the future needs of candidates for the
priesthood as they prepare for their ultimate service to the People of God.
With trust and faith in the Holy Spirit,
Saint John's is preparing for the future with a renewed academic
catalogue of options.
In January 2014, Saint John's will offer
four academic opportunities for study:
Saint John's academic catalogue continues
to offer the
Masters of Divinity
complimented with the
Masters of Theological Studies
Doctorate of Ministry
Saint John's commitment to provide opportunities for Continuing
Education for the clergy will now be offered through the
Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa Program for
In keeping with Saint John's desire to
witness it's consortium charism, the Ecumenical Catholic
Church has become a consortium partner in the mission of Saint John's.
The journey and mission of Saint John the
Evangelist continues and it's history shall continue to be written.
Join us and become part of our journey,
our mission and our history.
Saint John the Evangelist Seminary
An Online Academic Program