Friday, January 24, 2003

LA to close undergraduate seminary

The writing on the wall proved indelible. St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo will close in May with the 82 current students being given the chance to complete undergraduate studies at adjoining St. John's Seminary. It means the end of a 41-year-old Catholic campus designed to help undergraduate students advance to the seminary graduate program and then to the priesthood. Announced by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Thursday, the decision was made by directors representing the college and seminary in mid-January. Cardinal Roger Mahony said in November closure was inevitable after a task force recommended closing the college, with the seminary picking up some services.

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