St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland, was founded in 1795 as a Catholic seminary for the education of priests and by 1850 had become the largest seminary in the world. Over the ensuing centuries, it established an impressive reputation for scholarship and learning, preparing over 11,000 men for ordination to the priesthood who went on to serve in parishes and missions worldwide.
St. Patrick’s continued to grant degrees in theology up to and following its charter as a Pontifical University educating thousands of lay students who went on to work as religious educators, catechists, pastoral assistants, philosophers and theologians, making a lasting contribution to the work of the Catholic Church across the globe which continues to this day.
While St. Patrick’s College has a formation and educational legacy it is truly proud of, it — like the whole Church — is living through challenges that require it to renew and transform itself.
The president and Trustees engaged Greater Mission to establish a strategy to procure the financial resources to secure St. Patrick’s future for both present and future generations of the faithful.
The funding needs are a combination of enhancing the Faculty of Theology, by securing and maintaining world-class academics, and maintaining and improving the campus structures. Included in these structures are the construction of a state-of-the-art Academic Hub as well as the renovation of the Seminary.