It has been a bumpy year to say the least for the Buffalo Diocese and today, they have announced that they will be closing a seminary that has produced priests for more than a century.

Christ The King Seminary will "Cease to exist in its current form" according to the diocese today.

According to WKBW, there are currently 26 total seminarians enrolled in the seminary. 15 of them planned to become priests for the Buffalo Diocese.  Two will graduate this year.  The rest will have to make alternate plans if they still choose to follow that path.

The announcement also admitted that the seminary was averaging a loss of $500,000 per year for the last 10 years.

"The Diocese of Buffalo has been blessed to have benefited from the superior academic education offered to the laity along with the priestly and diaconate formation programs that Christ the King Seminary has provided these many years.  We now have an opportunity to re-imagine how best to continue this legacy of educational and formation excellence in a manner that is not only economically sustainable but which continues to reflect the requirements of those who wish to pursue a life of ministry in the 21st Century." - Bishop Scharfenberger.

There will now be a steering committee to "re-imagine" where to go from here.


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