09 February 2011

Jesuit Father John Horn Named New Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Archbishop Carlson has decided to name Fr. John Horn, S.J., as the new Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Fr. Horn was the co-founder and is currently on the faculty of the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

The announcement was made to Kenrick-Glennon students and faculty today at noon.

From the IPF site:

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced today that Father John Horn, S.J., has been selected as the rector-president of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, the seminary of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Father Horn, a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and a co-founder and Director of Program Development for the Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, will begin his duties as rector on July 1, 2011.

More as I have it.


Fr. Andrew said...


I know Father Horn from the IPF, in which Archbishop Carlson is deeply involved. I have attended three different programs with the IPF, a seminarian 10 week program, the 30 Day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and a training course in spiritual direction. This is an interesting hire and pointed hire.

Father Horn and the IPF was founded as a response to Pastores Dabo Vobis, JPII's document on the Synod on Priestly Formation. IPF's goal is greater spiritual and affective(emotional) formation and integration in the life of diocesan seminarians/priests. Reading #s 43-50 on human and spiritual formation from PDV gives an insight into what sparked IPF, Father Horn, and the other founders.

To me, this is a good if surprising hire. Father Horn is very serious about the authentic spiritual life of the seminary. He is not an academic nor a experienced pastoral but understands the human soul and its relationship with God. Father Horn desires to be a son of Ignatius.

On the liturgy side, you and other readers will probably be disappointed but I don't think Father Horn will issue any deliberate blocks.

I'm actually reeling a bit from this announcement. Gotta run though.

Anonymous said...

Great news...All Hail to the Jesuits!

Anonymous said...

I think this is an inspired hire given Father Horn's IPF genius.
On another score, here's what surprises me: there have been a few Dominicans at Kenrick in the recent past. They don't seem to be Aquinas Theology School types if you catch my drift. I more or less wondered if they would be getting stronger in the ranks and more drawn into Kenrick authority. I think there have been 4 or 5 (although I can only think of 3 individuals) of them at various times in the recent past and present. I don't know them, and I'm never especially impressed by anything I see coming out of their Aquinas School, but I have always loved the order of Saint Thomas (Aq), so have bene thrilled when I've seen them getting more involved at Kenrick. Any perspectives on that?

Anonymous said...

I always thought that getting good Dominicans at Kenrick was part of Cardinal Burke's plan. Seminarians I know (actually, young priests now) have spoken quite well of the OPs they had in seminary classes at Kenrick. Having the occasional Order man as Rector (or in any other office) for a term can be a good idea from time to time, but as a rule, I don't think the administration of a diocesan seminary should be turned over to any Order. Having said that, I would like to see more of the right kind of Dominican (and Jesuit!) at Kenrick-Glennon. I don't know if this fits into Abp. Carlson's plan or not. I'd say that in St. Louis we've already gone through having an Order run the seminary for us (the Vincentians), and although that was good, I think it's better to have diocesan priests running Kenrick.

Anonymous said...

So how many Dominicans are teaching at Kenrick right now? I remember that one of them was assigned to Rome not too long ago; was he replaced by another? I wonder what it will be like for the Dominicans at Kenrick to work under a Jesuit rector. Don't the 2orders have an ancient rivalry of some kind going on?

Anonymous said...

A seminary that was considered one of the best in the World will now be completely revamped. The plans Cardnial Burke had for the seminary--making it one of the best and the fullest-- have been abandoned and a new direction has been set. This is a sad day for St. Louis and the Church.

AnnAsher said...

What does Fr Andrew mean when you say "don't think he will issue any deliberate blocks"?
What are the implications of this appointment on future seminarians who support traditional Catholicism ?

Anonymous said...

The last Dominican priest at KGS, departed shortly after the arrival of the new Rector, just prior to the start of the fall term.

The multitude of changes occurring at KGS in recent months has many within the seminary's community uneasy.

Fr. Andrew was quite right in stating, "He [Fr. Horn] is not an academic nor a experienced pastoral... "