About Saint Charles

Mission Statement:

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary forms priests to be shepherds after the heart of Jesus Christ, and permanent deacons, religious and lay men and women for various forms of ministry, service, and discipleship.  

Identity Statement:

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary exists 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" (cf. Pastores dabo vobis, n 60) as it prepares priests, deacons and other missionary disciples.

Leadership Statement:

The Seminary carries out its mission under the leadership of the Archbishop of Philadelphia and a Board of Trustees, guided by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and her Supreme Pastor, and in accordance with the directives of the Apostolic See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Vision Statement:

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will form humble servants, heroic leaders, and holy priests, deacons, consecrated religious and laity.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is a rich resource of priestly formation and theological instruction for religious and lay men and women throughout the United States.  The Seminary is comprised of four Schools of Learning:  Seminary Theologate, Seminary College, School of Diaconal Studies and Graduate School of Theology.

Established in 1832, the fundamental mission of Saint Charles is the formation of Catholic men for pastoral service in the Roman Catholic priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Partner dioceses entrust their men to the Seminary Theologate and Seminary College, confident in Saint Charles' commitment to the Four Pillars of Formation, exercised in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. 

As a center of enrichment for the larger Church community, Saint Charles provides ongoing academic and pastoral programs to priests, deacons, religious and laity through the School of Diaconal Studies and the Graduate School of Theology.  Students work toward academic degrees, catechetical certificates and more. 

With more than 180 years of rich tradition, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has entered a pivotal point in its history.  Guided by the Rector, Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Saint Charles is undergoing exciting changes that include new programs and renovated buildings with plans to grow in all four Schools of Learning.