The seminary is the place where a man is formed mind, body, and soul into the image of Jesus Christ. Seminaries are places of joy, camaraderie, and deep learning! Today’s seminarians experience the best formation the Catholic Church offers.

Some men enter seminary while still in college and so they attend College Seminary. Once they get a degree, including at least two years of Philosophy study, they can transfer to Theology study, also called Major Seminary.

The Diocese of Youngstown offers priestly formation at the following seminaries:

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 a 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.

Could God Be Calling You to Seminary?

Rev. Chad Johnson


Rev. Chad Johnson, Director of Vocations

(330) 744-8451 x358