Alumni from St. John Vianney Seminary’s classes of ’64, ’66, ’67, ’69 and ’71 gathered Saturday, July 13 at the site of their former school for the blessing of a memorial plaque that recognizes “the Diocese of Richmond priests, the Benedictine sisters of Virginia, and all seminarian students who served or attended” the high school.

During its operation from 1960 until 1979, more than 900 boys attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Goochland. It has been the location of Benedictine College Preparatory since 2013. 

According to Mark Urben, member of the class of ’66 which donated the plaque, the idea for the memorial came about as he and a few classmates walked the grounds of the school last fall. 

“When we were departing, we talked about doing something to remember the former SJV school,” he said to those gathered for the blessing. “Something that would be permanent and a place for us to visit whenever we come back to reminisce.”

At the end of the ceremony, the SJV alumni presented Jesse Grapes, headmaster of Benedictine, with a check for $5,000 for the Benedictine Educational Fund.