During the Second Vatican Council Bishop Thomas K. Gorman, Fourth Bishop of Dallas, announced the establishment of Holy Trinity Seminary to be located on the campus of the University of Dallas. The first classes began in September 1965 with seminarians living in Augustine Hall at the University. The first rector was Rev. Msgr. Edward R. Maher. From 1965 until 1986 Holy Trinity was an eight year seminary. Since then, it has served college and pre-theology seminarians. The present seminary building was dedicated in November 1967 by Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States.
This fall the seminary has 67 seminarians as compared to 21 in 2007. Archdioceses and dioceses other than Dallas with seminarians at Holy Trinity are: Austin, Beaumont, Charleston (SC), Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Galveston-Houston, Great Falls-Billings (Mont), Little Rock (Ark), Santa Fe (NM), Tulsa (Ok), and Victoria in Texas.
Seven bishops are among Holy Trinity’s distinguished alumni. They are: Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Santa Rosa in California, Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Bishop Michael G. Duca of Shreveport (La), Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio, Auxiliary Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of Dallas and Auxiliary Bishop Mark J. Seitz of Dallas.
On October 1, we plan a welcoming dinner for all of our seminarians. It will be held at the Fairmont Hotel and the featured speaker will be Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, one of our alumni bishops. All Catholics are invited to this celebration. For information you may contact Holy Trinity Seminary at 972-438-2212 or www.holytrinityseminary.com.
Please continue to pray for the good of the Church so that we may have many more good priests.