Revised: 25 April AD 2004, Sunday of the Good Shepherd
The Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary is housed in a property acquired by the Diocese of Florida in early 1998. The building, a former assisted care living facility, serves as a training center for future priests, a retreat house, and a meeting place for organizations and the clergy.
The Seminary is named for the Dominican friar, Saint Thomas Aquinas, proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII as the patron of all Catholic education. The Scholastic philosophy of Saint Thomas is the "bedrock" of traditional Catholic scholarship. The use of Saint Thomas' name is auspicious, in that most of what passes for Modernist scholarship is based on the false philosophy of Existentialism -- a philosophy wholly at odds with that of our patron.
The Seminary was dedicated on May 16th, 1998: Dedication and the Sermon given at Pontifical Mass Mass of Dedication
LOCATION: 1051 - 72nd Street North Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710
CONTACT: Telephone/Fax: 727+343-9111
DIRECTIONS: [From the St. Petersburg area:] I-275 to Alternate 19; Alternate 19 West to 66th St.; 66th Street North to 9th Avenue [From southeast coast:] I-95 North to PGA Blvd., PGA Blvd West to SR 710, SR 710 North and West to Okeechobee; SR 70 West to Bradenton; I-75 North until I-275; Continue north on I-275, and see below.
VOCATIONS: The primary reason for the Seminary's existence is to train men for the Priesthood -- to form them into "other Christs." If you feel that you have a vocation -- a disposition to live a holy life and a calling to do our Lord's work -- contact the Vocation Director, at the Seminary address. (If you are not sure, you are in good company, so contact us anyway.)
DONATIONS: Donations are always needed and welcome. The Seminary is an ongoing apostolate, fostering our Lord's Priesthood and continuing the spread of Catholic education and spirituality. Your donations will help to defray the capital costs and expenses of the Seminary itself, and to fund the needs of men aspiring to the Priesthood.
MASSES: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, according to the rite of Pope Saint Pius V, is offered regularly at Saint Thomas. Call for the current schedule.