Update on Relocation & Affiliation, June 2019

Nearly seven years ago Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary began a process to study the possible sale of a portion of its present campus. After studying the costs to renovate a portion of the campus buildings, in 2016, the Seminary Board of Trustees recommended and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Seminary Board Chair, accepted a recommendation to sell the entire seminary property and explore options to partner with a local Catholic college. After an exhaustive review, in 2017, Saint Charles Seminary and Neumann University announced that they would begin a dialogue with the hope of leading to an affiliation agreement. While those talks are nearing completion, seminary officials and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia are exploring the purchase of property owned by the Sisters near the university to construct new seminary buildings.

While the process with Neumann University was proceeding, a parallel process was occurring with Main Line Health. As announced earlier, Main Line Health was selected as the successful bidder for the seminary property. Main Line Health and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary recently closed on a transaction for the sale of the Seminary’s Wynnewood property. The Seminary will continue to operate on the property for up to five years. During this time Main Line Health and Saint Charles Seminary will continue to work with the township and other community partners to assess the optimal future of the property, while considering both the historical significance of the buildings as well as the needs of our growing and vibrant community.