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Report - St Josephs Seminary May 2015

woopashoopaa

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28DL Full Member
#1
This was a great place to visit been waiting to get in here for a while now and the opportunity came and I took it and I'm so glad I did as this place is so amazing. This was an early start and I came here knowing that access would be a little tricky as I heard that security had stepped up, big thanks to @Lavino for getting us in :thumb. Once inside we avoided the sensors and got straight to the 2nd floor as we know the ground floor is heavily alarmed ( this also meant we didn't see the chapel :banghead ). Spent a good few hours here and covered the majority of this huge site. Anyway here are some pics and history hope you enjoy ;).

St. Joseph’s (usually referred to by its students simply as "Upholland") was one of two main seminaries serving the north of England. Upholland served the northwest, Ushaw College the northeast. For many years, each of these institutions housed both a junior (minor) and a senior (major) seminary. The junior seminaries provided a secondary education in a semi-monastic environment to boys aged 11–18 who wished to pursue the priesthood, while the senior seminaries trained adult candidates (mostly aged between 18 and 24) in philosophy and theology as they prepared for the priesthood. A detailed account of daily life in the junior seminary at Upholland during the 1960s was published in 2012. This account also explores the reasons why the Church's traditional form of seminary training may have predisposed certain priests to molest children, which was one of the key findings of a major investigation conducted on behalf of American bishops into the causes of the sexual abuse crisis within the US Catholic Church.

Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw. Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992.

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ACID- REFLUX

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Yeah Secca"s getting a bit P#ssed off which is understandable considering the traffic it"s getting ;) We got escorted out before he called the Police for everyone else that was inside. I"d like to thank the 2 long haired lads that got his attention after he followed their smoke trail after wandering about in front of the cameras like they were in a corner shop :eek:

You"ve got a decent spread of pics there, it"s a pity some are badly OOF.

& nice to see Brother Lavino is still in residence ;)
 

woopashoopaa

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Yeah Secca"s getting a bit P#ssed off which is understandable considering the traffic it"s getting ;) We got escorted out before he called the Police for everyone else that was inside. I"d like to thank the 2 long haired lads that got his attention after he followed their smoke trail after wandering about in front of the cameras like they were in a corner shop :eek:

You"ve got a decent spread of pics there, it"s a pity some are badly OOF.

& nice to see Brother Lavino is still in residence ;)
Haha yeah, probably isn't the best place to walk in front of cameras and alarms especially since the secca call the police after they've caught you.
 

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