Friends Group Helping Seminary

2012 News

 Becoming a priest is a long and challenging process that is only made possible through the support of those around us. This principle inspired Friends of Saint Vincent Seminary, an organization looking to guide seminarians on their journeys to becoming the next generation of Catholic priests.

The group was founded last year, and plans to help support seminarians at Saint Vincent. Once a year, its members visit the campus to share mass and dinner with the seminarians. As Joseph Rubino, C’50, D’93, former alumni council president of Saint Vincent College and current member of the Friends sums up, “we want to help seminarians by mentoring them in any way possible.”

To coordinate these activities, Friends of Saint Vincent Seminary works closely with Very. Rev. Timothy Whalen, Rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, and Paul Whiteside, the Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary Director of Development.

“They have been very helpful to us,” Rubino recalled, noting the goodwill and cooperation that the Friends of Saint Vincent Seminary has received from the Seminary administration.

Friends of Saint Vincent Seminary is currently comprised of 10 members, who meet on the second Thursday of every month to discuss possible mentoring activities for young men with vocations to the priesthood. To become a member of the group, find out more information, or to contribute in any way possible, please contact Joseph Rubino at at

—Simon Stuchlik