After 130 years, St John’s Seminary – Wonersh closed on 3 July 2021. The building was sold in December 2022, and will be converted into residential accommodation. An agreement is in place for the Cemetery to be preserved and maintained.
Although the building has been sold, the Seminary still exists as a legal entity and as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with Registered Charity No. 1189834. The contact details for any general enquiries are:
St John’s Seminary CIO
The St Philip Howard Centre
4 Southgate Drive
Tel: 01483 892217
Any Archive or Record enquiries should be addressed, in the first instance, to: email@example.com (Similar enquiries concerning the Junior Seminary at Mark Cross, East Sussex, which closed in 1970, should be addressed to the same email address.)
All sacred objects and articles from Wonersh have been re-homed in Catholic churches and institutions within the UK and beyond, and treasures special to the Seminary have been loaned as The Wonersh Collection to the Stonyhurst College Museum, Lancashire. Enquiries should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two informative films were produced in 2019 before the Seminary closed:
A Day in the Life of St John’s Seminary – which can be viewed by clicking here.
Non Vos Me Eligistis (choral music with drone footage) – which can be viewed by clicking here.
An album of some of the sung Divine Office and other recordings produced just after the Seminary closed and entitled Go into the World can be found online by searching for St John’s Seminary Wonersh on any major music streaming platform.
A commemorative publication has also been produced entitled: These Walls Have Spoken: in Celebration of St John’s Seminary – Wonersh. The cost of the book is £25 plus postage and packing, and it can be ordered by clicking here.