This year, on October 4, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, VA welcomed the second largest class in its more than forty-year history.
Although the schoolyear at STAS begins in early September, the new seminarians entering the Humanities Year do not arrive until nearly a month later. Thirty-six aspirants crossed the Seminary threshold to begin their studies for the priesthood in the Society of St. Pius X.
The new seminarians range in age from eighteen to thirty-four. Two of them hail from Canada, while the rest of their new classmates come from the United States. Interestingly, only thirteen states are represented by these thirty-four young men, with particularly large numbers from Minnesota and Kansas. More than half of the new class graduated from SSPX high schools, though they are joined by an impressive number who discovered the Society only recently.
While we must thank God for sending so many new seminarians, we ought also to keep in mind that they have a long way to go (at least seven years) before they ascend the altar. Thus, we invite all the faithful to pray for these young men that they may persevere in their generosity and that God may call many of them definitively into His service.
Our Lord grant us many holy priests!