Today, Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth welcomed 20 new seminarians, who will commence their formation for the priesthood at the National Seminary. At the conclusion of the introductory program at the end of September, three of the new seminarians from Northern dioceses will continue their studies at Saint Malachy’s Seminary in Belfast.  

Welcoming the new candidates, their families and friends to Maynooth, the president of the College, Monsignor Hugh Connolly, recalled the recent words of Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July: "Dear seminarians who are preparing for ministry: have the courage to go against the tide of the culture of pragmatism and efficiency. Be courageous! Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter.”

Monsignor Connolly continued: “As the Church continues to celebrate this Year of Faith may the year ahead be an opportunity for all of us to appreciate the gift of our faith, deepen our relationship with God and strengthen our commitment to sharing our faith with others.”

At the end of September the total number of resident seminarians in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, will be approximately 70. Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth is the National Seminary for Ireland and has been forming men for the priesthood since 1795.