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Rector’s Message

Welcome to Sacred Heart Major Seminary!


Our mission, as seen throughout the website, guides all of our strategic planning, initiatives, and programs.  And in recent years we have devoted ourselves to accomplishing the mission by focusing on the importance of forming students who have true missionary hearts, moved to seek out the lost sheep, moved by the mercy and compassion of the Good Shepherd, and moved to give heroic witness in the context of the New Evangelization.
We do not have to look very far to encounter heroic witnesses in our own time.  These witnesses give added force to the impulse that we are all called to be saints!  In the first year I reflected upon the example of the Venerable Solanus Casey as a model of pastoral charity.  Last year, I raised up the Venerable Michael J. McGivney as a model of pastoral leadership for diocesan priests.  And this year my focused turned to the Venerable Frederic Baraga as a model of missionary zeal.  These three venerables offer compelling examples of how we might engage more deeply in the New Evangelization.
This year, with the focus on Bishop Baraga, we are amazed by his relentless devotion to families, his desire to learn new languages so that could communicate the Gospel, and his austerity of life which gave credibility to his witness.  We ask that through the intercession of these venerables, the hearts of our students may be set ablaze with a passion for selfless service.  Not just for a week, or a month, or a year.  But for a lifetime!
Please remember the Sacred Heart community in your prayers, and be assured of our commitment to forming heroic witnesses with missionary hearts!
In Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness


2014 Rector's Address - Heroic Witnesses-Missionary Hearts III: In the Footsteps of the Snowshoe Priest (text) (audio)

2013 Rector's Address - Heroic Witnesses: Missonary Hearts II: Joyfully Bear the Light of Truth

2012 Rector's Address - Heroic Witnesses-Missionary Hearts