St. John’s Seminary receives grant for building renovation work
(Photo courtesy of St. John's Seminary)
BRIGHTON, Mass. – St. John’s Seminary announced Oct. 3 that it is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Flatley Foundation for continuing restoration and renovation of the Our Lady of the Presentation lecture hall, library, and residence. The seminary celebrated the completion of Phase I of the project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 16.
The Oak Square former church was closed in 2004, much to the dismay of its loyal parishioners. When St. John’s Seminary became owners of the property in 2012, Msgr. James P. Moroney vowed to restore the presence of the Catholic Church to the Oak Square neighborhood.
At last month’s ribbon cutting, Msgr. Moroney said, “Our Lady of the Presentation and St. John’s are now one, as a part of the largest and oldest seminary in New England.
“Having formed more than three thousand priests since the days those front doors first opened, under the patronage of Our Lady of the Presentation, we will continue this good work for the church for decades to come,” he said.
The grant is timely, as Phase II begins this month. Plans are presently being formulated that will include the restoration of the former rectory into a residence for St. John’s use, as well as a first-class conference facility, in which conference rooms will be named for Bishops John D’Arcy and John Boles, both of whom hail from the Presentation parish.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Flatleys, seminarians, priests and all who are dedicated to the church will hear exciting presentations in this new lecture hall for years to come,” said Msgr. Moroney. “It is a great blessing made possible by these good Catholic folks.”
St. John’s Seminary prepares Roman Catholic seminarians for ordination to the priesthood through programs of human, pastoral, spiritual and academic formation. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by the Archbishop of Boston. While primarily in service to the bishops of New England, St. John’s also enrolls seminarians from other dioceses and archdioceses, institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life in its several degree programs. The seminary’s Theological Institute prepares laity, deacons and religious for ministry and service to the dioceses of the region.