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.

To hear an interview with Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary detailing the plans for relocation and affiliation click here.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Relocation and Affiliation Project of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

1) What is the current status of the relocation and sale of the St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary building in Wynnewood?

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. 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.

2) Is there an agreement of sale?
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.

3) How will the move/affiliation change the program?
Saint Charles Seminary has a well-respected and solid program of formation for priests and
deacons. This will not change and will be the foundation for our affiliation with a new
partner. The program is strong; evidenced by a continuing trend of increased enrollment,
continued 
substantial contributions to the annual Seminary appeal, and ongoing additions to an already
well-respected faculty.

Moving to new facilities will significantly strengthen and enhance our Seminary, enriching
and better serving the contemporary academic, spiritual and human needs of our
seminarians.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been granted reaccredition for an additional
eight years by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  This accreditation
decision comes in addition to our February accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools.

There is a long history of commitment to Catholic higher education in the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia and the Seminary is looking forward to the opportunities that an affiliation of
this nature would present for both the seminary and the partnering institution.

4) Why relocate the Seminary and not just renovate the existing campus?
The decision to relocate to a new campus instead of renovating the current Seminary
buildings was not an easy or unsentimental one. Various alternative models of operation were
developed and considered by independent third-party consultants. The conclusion was that
the consolidation model was not viable and that the most sustainable model is relocation and
affiliation. Coupled with this, studies with respect to a capital campaign projected greater
success in support of relocation rather than renovation of the existing campus.

5) What is the approximate timeframe for the relocation?
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.

The Seminary community has benefitted greatly from its benefactors over the years, as we
embark on this important journey we need your continued support of our ongoing
operations more than ever.

June 2019