Where Vocations Take Root
“Part of the difficulty that we all have in a transient age is that everyone is rootless,” explains Rev. Matthew Kauth, Rector of St. Joseph College Seminary. A vocation is a seed of the priesthood, and a seminary by definition is a seedbed. “It’s necessary to create a bit of a buffer, a raised bed as it were, to plant that seed so a young man’s vocation can take root. We want to make sure these men are first rooted in Christ and secondly, organically connected to each other. As such, even their roots are entangled in the Diocese and with their brother priests.”
The property is located just two miles from Belmont Abbey College where St. Joseph’s seminarians will work toward an undergraduate degree in Philosophy as part of their priestly formation. It connects two parcels straddling the municipalities of Belmont and Mt. Holly and backs up to 50 acres of pasture, creating a buffer to allow for silence, contemplation, and recreation. Strong bonds will be formed between brother priests as they cookout, camp out, and work the land.
As a providential sign, the seminary’s land is located at 1212 Perfection Avenue. Christian perfection is the goal of the spiritual life, especially for the priesthood. It will serve as a perpetual reminder of the command of Christ: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).