The seminary is the place where a man is formed mind, body, and soul into the image of Jesus Christ. Seminaries are not places where men walk around in silence all day chanting in Latin. Rather, they are places of joy, camaraderie, and deep learning! Today’s seminarians experience the best formation the Church offers!
In order to become Catholic priest, a man must fulfill three basic requirements: a college degree, 2 years of Philosophy study, and 4 years of Theology study. Some men enter seminary while still in college and so they attend College Seminary. Once they get a degree, they can transfer to Major Seminary.
When a man reaches a certain point in his discernment, if he wants to discover if priesthood is his true vocation, he has to go to seminary. It should be stressed that entering seminary is a stage of discernment, not a decision to definitely become priest.
Overview of Applying to Seminary:
1. Contact the Vocation Director. Discernment always happens with the help of the Church. The diocese needs to get to know you better before offering you a seminary application.
2. The application process. Applying to become a seminarian is a bit like applying to college, but with additional screening components such as background checks and medical and psychological screening.
3. Bishop’s decisions. After a careful review of your file, the bishop makes the final decision on whether an applicant is accepted..
Details of Applying to Seminary
Read a detailed, step-by-step description of the application process.
Many men find the application process to be a healthy exercise in self-knowledge and a helpful part of overall discernment.
To begin the application process, contact the Vocation Office.