Immaculate Heart Seminary
History and Location
Immaculate Heart Seminary, located on sixty-one acres of property in the Catskill Mountains of New York, opened in the fall of 1996. The Founder and Spiritual Father of the Congregation of St. Pius V is the Most Reverend Clarence Kelly. The first priest member of the Congregation, Father Joseph Santay, was ordained in 2001. Father Santay was consecrated a bishop for the Congregation in February of 2007.
When the seminary opened, the first priests and seminarians in residence used seven very small cottages on the property as their chapel, refectory, classroom and living quarters. By the spring of 2000, a new building had been constructed for the chapel, kitchen, refectory, and a few classrooms. Another larger building was begun in the fall of 2004. This building contains bedrooms, offices, and classrooms to accommodate the increase in priests and seminarians. Recently the third floor and the hallway connecting the new building to the chapel were completed. Now we are putting in more offices in the basement of the new building.