Father Jorge Torres, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Orlando, announced on July 29 that seminarians from the Diocese of Orlando will be joining hundreds of thousands of faith-filled Catholics for the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., his first visit here since becoming pope on March 13, 2013.
The 39 seminarians from the Diocese of Orlando and other seminarians from around the country will travel to Washington D.C. and anticipate a meeting with Pope Francis during the afternoon of Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando will also be in Washington, D. C. on September 23 and will participate in Midday Prayer with Pope Francis along with his brother bishops from around the country.
During his visit to the U.S., Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House, canonize Blessed Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, address the United Nations General Assembly, pray at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and celebrate Mass for participants of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
He is expected to renew Catholics in their faith in Jesus Christ while encouraging vocations to priesthood, religious life, marriage, and family life, and advocating for protection and care of the fragile people and planet that comprise God’s glorious creation.
“We pray that the Holy Father’s time here will be safe and fruitful as he seeks to share God’s love with each person while promoting human dignity and peace,” said Bishop John Noonan.
All seminarians in the Diocese of Orlando attend one of two seminaries located in Florida. St. John Vianney in Miami is a college seminary that forms men for the diocesan priesthood by focusing on the four pillars of formation: human, spiritual, pastoral, and academic. St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach is a post graduate institution which offers master’s degrees in divinity and is the only Roman Catholic theologate in the Southeastern United States. A theologate is an institution which provides the last five years of study for candidates for the priesthood.