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Jesus said: “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world; I consecrate myself for their sakes now, that they may be consecrated in truth.” (John 17:18-19)

Jesus said: “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.  There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15: 12-13)

 “Along with all the baptized who have been claimed for new life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, priests are called with their brothers and sisters to live out their baptismal call as disciples of Jesus Christ and to grow in holiness.” (Program of Priestly Formation, fifth edition, n. 21)

St. John’s Seminary is a community of disciples of Jesus who through the sacrament of baptism have experienced being called and sent to continue the mission of Christ in the Catholic Church.  It is a community whose members are open to the grace of conversion, willing to love as Christ has first loved us, dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel, and committed to following Christ’s priestly example of spending life in service.  It is an ecclesial community of vocational discernment in which seminarians seek to discover God’s call and open themselves to the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation necessary for service as priests of the Catholic Church.   

In his Apostolic exhortation on the formation of priests, Pope John Paul II proclaimed:

 “In its deepest identity, the seminary is called to be, in its own way, a continuation in the Church of the apostolic community gathered about Jesus, listening to his word, proceeding toward the Easter experience, awaiting the gift of the Spirit for the mission. . . It should be experienced as a community, a specifically ecclesial community, that re-lives the experience of the group of Twelve who were united to Jesus.” (Pastores dabo vobis, 60)

We are a multicultural community of seminarians studying for dioceses and religious orders throughout the United States and elsewhere throughout the world.  We are students inspired by the Second Vatican Council’s teaching preparing for ministry as committed lay persons.  We are a staff of many people of all backgrounds and a talented faculty of laity, religious and diocesan priests all dedicated to helping this seminary fulfill its mission

Pray for seminarians.  And if you are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, we hope to be of service.  To learn more, explore the links on your left.