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College seminary in Ogdensburg to close. (Nation).

Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg, N.Y., will close June 30, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito announced in a Feb. 15 letter to the priests of the diocese.

Founded in 1924, Wadhams Hall is one of only a handful of college-level seminaries currently operating in the United States. The school has offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a major in philosophy and a minor in religious studies for college-level students discerning a vocation to priesthood and theological studies.

Upon completion of the Wadhams Hall program, candidates enter another seminary where they continue their formation and studies in theology for an additional four years.

Current enrollment at Wadhams Hall is 15 students, eight of whom will graduate in May. Of the seven remaining students, there are three from the Buffalo, N.Y., diocese and one each from the dioceses of Ogdensburg, Arlington, Va., Syracuse, N.Y., and Peterborough, Ontario.

Declining numbers and no foreseeable increases in enrollment led to the derision by the diocese and the board of trustees.

Barbarito said, "My commitment to Wadhams Hall Seminary College has been reasoned and undaunted. Its closure is not so much a decision as it is an acceptance of the reality which the downward trend and the immediate enrollment place before us."
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Title Annotation:Wadhams Hall Seminary College
Author:Donovan, Gill
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:Mar 8, 2002
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