Your chance to visit Dunwoodie

Never been to St. Joseph’s Seminary in the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers but curious about it?

The famous Catholic training ground for (fewer and fewer) priests will hold an open house this Sunday for “the people and parishes” of the archdiocese.

tjndc5-5ipf5e12zxwvbglg6di_layout.jpgIt will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on All Souls Day.

The afternoon will feature: tours of the main floor led by seminarians; presentations on life at the seminary; tours of the seminary’s 42 acres; and a peak at the papal chair (pictured) used by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI during their stops in Dunwoodie.

Adortion of the Blessed Sacrament will be available all afternoon in the chapel.

And Bishop Gerald Walsh, rector of the seminary, will lead Solemn Evening Prayer at 4 p.m. in the chapel.

Also on hand will be Father Luke Sweeney, director of vocations for the archdiocese, and Father Luis Saldana, assistant director for Hispanic vocations and rector of the St. John Neumann minor seminary.

tjndc5-5ipf5gtkipgw3zxf6di_layout.jpg“This open house is for everyone — young and old, married and single, and for priests who would like to bring people by,” Sweeney tells Catholic New York.

If you’ve never been there, the seminary is a magnificent building. The chapel was just refurbished for Benedict’s visit.

In the main hallway, you can see graduation pictures of each class of priests going back decades. The pictures alone give you a real sense of Catholic history in New York.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.