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St. John Vianney College Seminary is located in metropolitan Miami Dade County, which includes the city of Miami. With a metropolitan area of over two million people, Miami sits at the threshold of Latin America and the Caribbean. In recent years, South Florida has become an international center for banking and investment, one of the largest import/export cities in the United States, and the first port of entry for countless tens of thousands seeking freedom from poverty, oppression and terrorism. Because of its location and its climate, Miami is quickly becoming one of the most important cities in the United States.
Miami is, for the present, what Ellis Island was in the past, a place of refuge and safe harbor for thousands of people starting a new life. The Catholic Church in the State of Florida has long dealt pastorally with an enormous influx of people. Even before the Cuban refugee migration of the early nineteen sixties, Florida had become increasingly popular as a retirement and vacation site for countless hundreds of thousands of Americans.
The church has continually attempted to keep pace with the growth in Catholic population throughout Florida and especially in Miami. Through St. John Vianney College Seminary and its sister institution, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary located in Boynton Beach, Florida, are two of the ways in which the Catholic people of South Florida have attempted to respond to the needs of the faithful in this region of the country.
The enormous commitment of personnel and treasure to the operation of St. John Vianney College Seminary reflects an energetic, vital and deep-seated commitment on the part of the people of God of South Florida to provide quality education for the priests of the future.
Religious and lay men and women who are interested in the academic programs of the College Seminary can enroll as part-time or full-time students working toward the B.A. degree with a major in Philosophy or Theology.
The Archdiocese of
Miami, which sponsors St. John Vianney College Seminary, consists of
over one million people. St. John Vianney and its students
attempt to make use of the diverse forms of ministry which comprise
the church of South Florida, so that its graduates, who continue
on through theology to the priesthood, will be well trained to serve a
diversified and vibrant church.
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