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“Higher education was

born in the Church.”

-Dr. John Grondelski

At the 129th Annual Mass & Commencement Exercises on

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John

Paul II and the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, six men

of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary graduated, and a few will

celebrate their ordination to the priesthood. Special guest

Dr. John Grondelski addressed the graduates and guests,

sharing valuable insights, including the following:

“. . . there are three aspects of your background I want to

address, three aspects of which this institution prepared you and

for which you will continue to need to educate yourselves. You

are Catholics. You are Polish or of Polish descent. You will be

serving in the United States . . . the Seminary’s goal for your

intellectual formation was not just to communicate a certain

fixed pool of knowledge. Rather, its goal was also to prepare

you for a lifetime of learning . . . you are not just Catholic and

not just Polish, you are American. You will serve the Church in

the United States, and you will serve American Catholics, Polish

and non-Polish alike . . . Your responsibility is to serve this local

Church and to do so as best as you can. That means becoming

ever more closely, ever more deeply, even more profoundly part of

that community.”

SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (SSCMS), a Roman Catholic

Seminary, continues to offer several formation programs.

One prepares men, primarily from Poland, for the ordained

priesthood. The other is a theological degree program for lay


The mission of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary is actualized

in three purposes:

To provide priesthood candidates with a

program of priestly formation that offers the

Master of Divinity degree.

To provide theological education and ministerial

formation for lay people seeking preparation

for other ministries in the Church by offering the

Master of Arts (Theology), and Master of Arts

in Pastoral Ministry degrees.

To offer clergy and lay ministers opportunities for

theological and pastoral-ministerial continuing

education in Biblical Studies, Theology, Spiritual

Theology, and Religious Education.