A historic seminary near Philadelphia that two popes have visited is looking to relocate.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary representatives announced Tuesday it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school’s campus.
The seminary was founded in 1832 and has been at its current location for nearly 150 years.
A spokesman said the move is aimed at strengthening the seminary’s programs and developing facilities with up-to-date technology attractive to young people.
St. Charles had 142 seminarians in the most recent graduating class and will have nearly 170 during the upcoming academic year.
Pope Francis stayed at St. Charles Borromeo during his Philadelphia trip in September. St. John Paul II visited in 1979.