Archbishop Carlson Appoints Rector for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

February 9, 2011
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Father John Horn, S.J. Begins July 1

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, appointed Father John Horn, S.J. as Rector and President of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary effective July 1, 2011. Father Horn co-founded the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, which assists bishops in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Currently, he is the Director of Program Development.
Archbishop Carlson said “I know Father Horn to be a man of deep faith who loves the Church and her priests, and I am confident that he will provide outstanding leadership as Rector and President of Kenrick Glennon Seminary, carrying out the vision of the priestly formation which sees spiritual formation as ‘the heart of seminary life and ... the center around which all other aspects are integrated.’”

Father Horn said, “I am deeply honored and grateful that Archbishop Carlson has confidence in my abilities to serve the Seminary faculty and seminarians as a spiritual father. I intend to serve wholeheartedly.”

In his announcement at the Seminary on Wednesday, February 9, Archbishop Carlson also said, “On behalf of the bishops who send students to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, I would like to express heartfelt thanks to Father Michael Witt, interim rector, and to the faculty and staff of our Seminary. Their commitment to our students, and their dedication to the program of priestly formation, have kept Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and Kenrick School of Theology strong during this time of leadership transition.”

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary educates and prepares men for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Since its start in 1893, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has prepared thousands of men for Holy Orders, and has produced priests and bishops who have been called to work all over the world. Currently, 117 are studying at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

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Kenrick-Glennon Seminary soccer team has lofty goals

The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary soccer team prays together before playing a CYC league game against the Pat's Bar & Grill team at the seminary.Victories are important, as well as the fun, camaraderie and community-building that go along with having a competitive soccer team at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

But the ultimate goal of the team is winning souls for Christ, according to Kevin Drew, this year's coach, a third-year theology student from the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese who grew up two hours north of Quincy, Ill.

"We're serious about winning, but we all understand that winning is simply a means to get people's attention so we can bring them to Christ," Drew said. "There's a perception by some folks that the seminary is a place for soft, genteel types who sit around having tea when they aren't in the chapel praying."

The team, the Lions, plays in the Men's Open Division of the Catholic Youth Council League. The league starts in mid September and runs to mid December. All of the seminary team's games are at 2:45 p.m. Sundays on the field at the south end of the school.

Drew used the four defensive backs on the team as an example for being physically tough yet dedicated men of prayer. Another student, theology student Jeff Gardner of Kansas City, Mo., is not a soccer player but is a former offensive lineman and coach for the University of Missouri-Columbia football team. "He gets charged up watching men give all they have on a field of battle, and that's a quality he'll use with success in his future priesthood," Drew said.

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