Clock now running on St. Charles Seminary move

Mark Abrams
May 30, 2019 - 4:00 am
Now that Main Line Health has bought St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion, the Philadelphia Archdiocese is looking to close a deal to build a new, more compact operation for men studying for the priesthood.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that Main Line Health has bought St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion, the Philadelphia Archdiocese is looking to close a deal to build a new, more compact operation for men studying for the priesthood.

Seminary rector Bishop Timothy Senior says the recently completed sale of the seminary property for an undisclosed sum does contain a provision allowing operations to continue until a planned relocation.

"Main Line Health has agreed to allow us to continue to operate the seminary for up to five years so that's important for us because we need that time to build the facilities and to relocate," Senior explained. "In the interim, they're going to be making use of the campus for some of the aspects of their activity in particularly, educational aspects of that."

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Senior disclosed that talks with Neumann University in Aston, Delaware County, and the order of nuns who are associated with it have progressed to the point of identifying potential sites for a new buildings.

"We are now in dialogue with the Sisters of Saint Francis to acquire property, vacant land that is adjacent to Neumann University that the sisters control and that they are open to selling the seminary for us to build new seminary facilities," Senior said. 

Senior says the seminary is looking for five to 10 acres of land for new buildings.

Senior says he's hopeful of closing an agreement soon and is looking at a timetable of three to five years to complete the seminary relocation.