Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
|Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary|
|Type||Roman Catholic seminary|
|Rector||Rev. Josef M. Bisig|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic Church|
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
The seminary was canonically established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II in accordance with his letter Ecclesia Dei adflicta and opened in 2000. Located in Denton, Nebraska, near Lincoln, it was founded primarily to serve English-speaking seminarians for the Fraternity from North America and to provide traditionalist Catholic education. Nonetheless, the customal of the seminary includes a provision for students who are not members of the Fraternity but are studying for the priesthood in other ecclesiastical organizations, and since 2008 the seminary has served as the location of philosophical and theological education for clerical members of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. The seminary also currently houses members of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, brothers of the Franciscan tradition who originate from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Seminarians are future Catholic priests who receive training in the ancient Tridentine liturgy as it existed in 1962, prior to and during the Second Vatican Council; Gregorian chant is also an integral part of the education. The seminary offers at least one formal vocational retreat annually for those interested in considering priesthood. Admission is limited to males, in accordance with the Catholic understanding of the priesthood.
The first phase of the seminary complex was designed by Thomas Gordon Smith Architects in a Romanesque style and completed in 2000. Seminarians live in the dormitory wing.
The current rector is Fr. Josef Bisig, F.S.S.P.