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St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry

St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry is a private Roman Catholic theological school in Rochester, New York. It has existed in its current form since 2003 but has existed in previous forms since 1893.

St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
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Established1893 (original St. Bernard's)
1981 (current institution)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic Church
PresidentStephen Loughlin, Ph.D.
Academic staff
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United States

43°06′05″N 77°31′34″W / 43.1013°N 77.5260°W / 43.1013; -77.5260Coordinates: 43°06′05″N 77°31′34″W / 43.1013°N 77.5260°W / 43.1013; -77.5260
CampusMain campus in Pittsford; extension in Albany; classes in Syracuse at LeMoyne College
AffiliationsUniversity of Rochester, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester), Siena College (Albany)
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St. Bernard's original institution was Saint Bernard's Seminary, founded in 1893 in Rochester. Standing for 98 years in its original location on the north side of Rochester, it also educated men and women for lay ministry,[1] and was one of the first U.S. seminaries to accept laity[2]. Its campus still exists and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

On 25 September 1981, Saint Bernard's Seminary was granted by the New York State Education Department an amendment to its charter, changing its corporate name to St. Bernard's Institute. The campus was relocated to that of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, sharing the buildings, including the library, and cross-registering students for classes that fit both schools' curricula. The Institute also opened an extension in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in autumn 1989.[1]

In 2003, St. Bernard's assumed its current name and moved to its own facility on French Road,[3] adjacent to the campus of Nazareth College in Pittsford.

It is the official repository for the writings and papers of the noted evangelist and author, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who was Bishop of Rochester.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "History". Rochester, New York: Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Retrieved 2014-10-05. In 1981, St. Bernard's Seminary was closed, and St. Bernard's Institute was born and entered into a covenant relationship with Colgate Rochester Crozer. It moved to the CRCDS campus, where it remained until recently. It was finally able to build a new campus nearby, and changed its name to St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. But through these changes it has remained in covenant partnership with CRCDS.
  2. ^ "St. Bernard's History". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  3. ^ "Whatever Happened To St. Bernard's Seminary?". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  4. ^ "Course Catalog 2017-2018" (PDF). Rochester, New York: St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. Retrieved 2018-09-28. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the sixth bishop of Rochester and an internationally recognized writer and preacher, designated St. Bernard’s as the repository of his books, papers, and memorabilia. The Sheen Archives now contain a complete collection of the more than 90 books published by the Archbishop (with translations of some works in eight languages), his 2500 volume personal library, several hundred audio cassettes, approximately 200 video recordings of his telecasts, together with other personal effects that form a legacy of enduring significance. The collection is housed at the Diocesan Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.

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