St. Joseph: Our Patron and Protector

Protector. Provider. Righteous. Obedient. Compassionate. Humble. Foster Father of Jesus. Most Chaste Spouse. For a man who appears very little in the Gospels, St. Joseph is one of the most beloved and all-encompassing saints. Who was this silent paragon, and why is he the patron of our seminary? The Real St. Joseph: Holiness and Strength We know the general story …

Dying for the Truth:
John Fisher and Thomas More

The early 16th century was a tumultuous time, with England’s King Henry VIII divorcing his wives and Germany’s Martin Luther dissenting from the Church. But, difficult times produce great heroes. The Outspoken Priest and the Tactful Politician John Fisher was a bishop, cardinal, theologian, and chancellor of Cambridge. He received a papal dispensation to enter the priesthood despite his young …

All Seminarians Get At Least Two As:
Augustine and Aquinas

Seminarians at St. Joseph’s College Seminary major in Philosophy, and their studies extensively cover the two greatest influences of Catholic Theology – St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. God’s Grace Swooping Down Augustine, a fourth century Bishop, spent a rebellious childhood avoiding his mother’s Christian influence. As a young man he even joined Manichaeism, a religion which encouraged a hedonistic …

St. Charles Borromeo:
Powerful Patron of Seminarians

Imagine ministering to over 1,000 parishes, founding an educational system for priestly formation, spearheading one of the most influential Church councils, using your own money to feed 3,000 people daily during an epidemic, and effectively transforming bishops and Church leaders to shepherd their flock through personal reform. Now imagine accomplishing all that without emails, phone calls, cars, or the internet. …

A New Website for our New College Seminary

Now that we’ve broken ground on our new college seminary, we think it’s a great time to launch a new website as well! Our new site provides guidance and resources for those discerning a vocation, but also great information for future seminarians, their families, and the parishioners who will be praying for them. Here are five things we hope you’ll …

Noli Timere: Courage and Blessings Reign at College Seminary Groundbreaking

It was about 3:00 p.m. on Thursday when Fr. Matthew Kauth, the Rector of St. Joseph College Seminary, made the decision that despite an unfavorable forecast due to Tropical Storm Florence, the college seminary would proceed with its groundbreaking on Saturday, September 15. Fr. Kauth stated that while he would never put the safety of the seminary’s supporters or seminarians …

A Good Day to Read the USCCB’s Statement on Religious Liberty

“We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not …

The Diocese of Charlotte: A Bastion of Catholicism in the South

The South is generally known as Protestant territory, but this stereotype is becoming increasingly inaccurate, particularly in the Diocese of Charlotte. While many can vividly remember a time when Catholics in North Carolina were persecuted for their beliefs, the Catholic population of our Diocese has grown immensely since Blessed Pope Paul VI first established the Diocese in 1972. With that …