St. Joseph's Major Seminary is the major seminary of the Missionary Society of Heralds of Good News, doing its mission of imparting Theological and Philosophical erudition to its seminarians. It came into existence due to the ardent desire of the Society, to have its own Major seminary for the effective formation of its seminarians. Though the building was officially inaugurated only on 6th September 1996, it was established in June 1995 at Khammam with 31 students of philosophy and 3 staff members. The Department of Theology was introduced with the blessing and inauguration of the theology block on 22nd June 1998. Thus St. Joseph’s Major Seminary became a full-fledged Seminary within a brief period of time, proving its steady progress and growth. In order to make priestly formation more effective, fostering better interaction and closer relationship between staff and students, from June 2002 St. Joseph's Major Seminary was concentrating exclusively on the theological formation of the candidates to priesthood. From June 2015, the Institute now plays school also to the Philosophers.
The existence of St. Joseph’s Major Seminary is a laudable landmark in the history of the Society of Heralds of Good News as it materializes the raison d’être of the Society, which is the formation of zealous and hardworking priests in order to be sent wherever their service is needed. The seminary is very much indebted to Very Rev. Dr. Jose Kaimlett, the Founder of Heralds of Good News, who continues to be its motivating force with his indefatigable endeavor and prophetic vision. We sincerely acknowledge the timely help and encouragement given by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. M. Joji, then Bishop of Khammam, in founding the Seminary in the diocese of Khammam.
Besides the students of Heralds of Good News, the admission is open to the students from the local dioceses and the religious congregations in India. Today we have students from SDM, Diocese of Kurnool and Sisters of DSS and SAP. In conformity with the fundamental goal of the Society of Heralds of Good News and the concrete need of the Indian Church, the seminary structures its formation programme in such a way to offer to the future priests and missionaries of the third millennium, an integrated personal, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. The new Academic year 2015-16 was inaugurated on 04th July 2015 by Very Rev. Fr. M. Ignatius, the Superior General of Heralds of Good News in the presence of the Major Superiors of the Society and the staff and students of the institute. This present year, we have 43 Philosophers and 55 theologians guided by 14 staff members.
We remember with gratitude the assistance, encouragement and support we receive from the different Bishops in Andhra Pradesh, especially from His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam. We also thank the clergy, religious and the faithful of the diocese of Khammam for the encouragement and the support we receive from them. We grow in reason and faith and march towards God. Ad Deum Fides et Ratione.
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