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Irish seminary ends training of priests after 165 years

The trustees of St Patrick's College, Thurles, in County Tipperary, this week announced it would cease preparing candidates for the priesthood, due to a shortage of students.

A small group of seminarians will be transferring to St Patrick's College, Maynooth, near Dublin, to continue their formation for the priesthood.

Other courses at the college, for lay students, in theology and philosophy are set to continue and expand. Since 1988 lay students have enrolled in degree, diploma and national certificate courses at St Patrick's. The College is also discussing plans for a teacher training degree programme with Tipperary Institute.

The trustees issued a satement, saying: "Mindful of the Lord's promise to provide his Church with 'pastors after his own heart', we pray for the day when increasing numbers of vocations to the priesthood may render it possible again for St Patrick's College to resume its ministry of priestly formation.:

St Patrick's was opened in 1837 as a second level boarding and day school for Catholic youth destined for the priesthood, professional and business careers. It soon developed into a major seminary. In 1842 a philosophical department was introduced and almost immediately an attempt was made to have a theological faculty.

Statement issued on behalf of the Trustees of St. Patrick's College, Thurles
Diocese of Limerick: Seminaries

Independent Catholic News

30 Aug 2002