St John’s Seminary is a place of formation for priesthood in the Catholic church serving dioceses in the south of England and Wales. Beyond its primary role it provides a valuable resource for the local church as a centre for theological study and a venue for meetings and retreats. The Seminary is located in Wonersh, near Guildford, Surrey.

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A Sure Compass: A Symposium for the Year of Faith

The seminary year began with a very successful Symposium for the Year of Faith. The Seminary community gathered with some 50 visitors to reflect on some of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
The first of these papers are now available on Symposium page of this website. We hope to make printed edition in 2014.

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Rev Valentine Erhahon ordained deacon

On 12 January Valentine Erhahon was ordained to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Bromley by Bishop Patrick Lynch, auxiliary bishop in Southwark. We offer Rev Valentine our congratulations and prayers.

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More Priestly Ordinations

Three more of our former Anglican students have been ordained to the priesthood recently.



Frs Nicolas von Malaise and Stuart Meyer were ordained for Southwark archdiocese in their cathedral on 19 January.



Fr John Gilbert was ordained a few weeks earlier for Plymouth diocese on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in Penzance.

Congratulations to all three. We pray that they will enjoy many years of fruitful and joyful ministry.

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Diaconate Ordinations Dec 2012

Here are some pictures of our recent Ordinations (also noted in the post Advent 2012). Congratulations to Revv. Sam, Simon, Tom, Paul and Harry – and thanks to Bishop Kieran Conry.



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Cardinal Danneels and the Year of Faith

On 18 October Cardinal Godfried Danneels gave a lecture at Southwark Cathedral, marking the beginning of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The whole seminary community was able to attend, and we also had the privilege of celebrating Mass with the Cardinal. In the lecture, entitled “Vatican II – A Council Unlike Any Other”, he reflected interestingly on his own experiences of being at the Council and on its ongoing significance for the Church.

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