CNA Staff, Sep 16, 2020 / 23:02 pm America/Denver (CNA).
As the number of Catholics in the Diocese of Charlotte continues to rise, Bishop Peter Jugis opened a new seminary this week to help prepare future priests in the area.
The bishop blessed St. Joseph College Seminary in Mount Holly with holy water on Sept. 16, officially completing the first phase of the building project, which broke ground in 2018.
“This is an enduring structure that is both traditional and modern, with beauty and function, that we hope will inspire future generations of Catholics in Western North Carolina to continue our mission to share the Gospel,” said Father Matthew Kauth, St. Joseph’s rector, according to the Gaston Gazette.
Seminarians at Tuesday’s opening ceremony - which followed social-distancing protocols - sang “Salve Pater,” a Latin hymn recognizing the loving care of the holy family.
The $20 million project, built in the Gothic architectural style, includes 40 seminarian rooms, a conference room, a refectory and kitchen, classrooms, administrative offices, guest rooms, a temporary chapel, and a meditative cloister walk. Donors have so far contributed $15.5 million to the seminary.