Message from the Archbishop of Edmonton

Every life is a combination of day to day moments and milestones. Such is the case when it comes to institutions also. The new St. Joseph Seminary is a milestone celebrated in our archdiocese.

The opening of the new seminary is an expression of the faith of the people of this diocese and of their continued commitment to the formation of future priests. The beauty of this faith is manifest in the splendour of this new facility.

St. Joseph Seminary has been an integral part of the life of this diocese for over 80 years. From its humble beginnings to its present glory, the seminary has helped men to discern the call of God and the gift their vocation is for the Church and the world.

As we celebrate the completion of this new building, I invite you to take a moment to thank the Lord of the harvest for the many priests that have passed through the doors of this institution and pray that He will continue to bless us with many more.

There is nothing more beautiful than our relationship with Christ.

“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-16)

Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton
September 2010