Adelaide seminary shifts to Sydney
Adelaide men preparing for the priesthood will be sent to a seminary in the Sydney archdiocese from next year after a decision to close the Adelaide seminary for the foreseeable future.
The Southern Cross reports that Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner has informed diocesan priests of the painful decision taken because the numbers of men coming forward to join the priesthood fell short of the minimum considered viable for a local seminary program.
The writing was on the wall for the local seminary program late last year when the archbishop decided not to use the St Francis Xavier seminary property at suburban Morphettville this year because of the low number of seminarians.
In his letter to priests in late August, Archbishop Faulkner said as there would be possibly only three seminarians for 2002 it was still not possible to establish a "viable formation community" at the Morphettville seminary.
As this trend might continue for some years, Coadjutor Archbishop Philip Wilson had decided to send seminarians for 2002 and "for some years following" to the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney, Archbishop Faulkner said.
The move coincides with a decision by the Vincentian seminary community to withdraw from their long-running seminary program at the end of this year.