The Pontifical College Josephinum is one of more than 180 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States. But it’s the only seminary in the U.S. that’s run by the Vatican.
"There are only 15 pontifical seminaries in the world. 14 of them are in Italy and then Columbus, Ohio. That makes us a unique seminary in the United States," says Father James Wehner, the Josephinum’s president.
About 200 men are enrolled at the Josephinum. While the seminary offers academic degrees, Wehner says there’s a larger purpose.
This part of Meigs County has seen over 150 years of extractive industries. Scars that are - just now - beginning to heal. Some Meigs county residents are looking at more sustainable ways to use the land. One of them is Paul Strauss
Over 40 years ago he left New York City and bought 80 acres near the Meigs County town of Rutland.