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Applicants For the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Catholic men who are seriously considering preparation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and priestly service for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are eligible to seek admission to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and complies with all applicable non- discrimination laws.

The Director of the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood will provide the applicant with an application packet to start the admissions process. All applications and required documents must be in the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood by July 15 for admission for the Fall Semester. 

When the Archbishop of Philadelphia accepts a man as suitable for study for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and appoints him to study at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, the Director of the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood delivers all pertinent admissions materials to the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Admissions Office.

For more information about the application process, please see the website for the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood.

 

Applicants From Outside of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Any man who wishes to study at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for service in another archdiocese, diocese, or religious community must contact the proper Vocation Director for the necessary sponsorship for admission.

All the information regarding application to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is contained in the admissions packet. All communication related to the admissions packet takes place between the Vice Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Director of Vocations for the Diocese or Religious Community.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary reserves the right both to investigate and verify all information provided by the applicant and to conduct background checks of the applicant.

For more information about the application process, please see our list of Partner Dioceses and their respective Vocation Offices.

 

Forms and Documents Required for the Admissions Review for Full Formation Program

 

The following should be sent to the Vice Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary by the Director of Vocations of the sending Diocese.

  1. Documents from the Director of Vocations:
    1. Cover Letter from the Vocation Director indicating that the candidate is sponsored by the (Arch)Diocese or Religious Community and the reasons why the (Arch)Diocesan Admissions Board and/or the Vocation Director thinks the applicant is a strong candidate.
    2. Confidential Statement of Suitability to be completed by the Director of Vocations.
  2. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Application for Admission Form
  3. Applicant’s Release Form
  4. Autobiography
  5. Photographs: Two (2) passport or wallet size photographs of the applicant. A JPG picture may also be emailed to the Vice Rector.
  6. Letters of Recommendation:
    1. Pastor’s Letter of Recommendation
    2. Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who are not relatives
  7. Psychological and Medical Forms:
    1. Medical History and Report
    2. Physician’s Release of Protected Health Information Form
    3. Psychological Report
    4. Psychologist/Psychiatrist’s Release of Protected Health Information Form
  8. Sacramental Records:
    1. Baptismal Certificate (must be issued within the past six months, and signed by one of the staff members of the parish where the sacrament took place);
    2. Confirmation Certificate (must be issued within the past six months and signed by one of the staff members of the parish where the sacrament took place);
    3. Parents’ Marriage Certificate
  9. Academic Records:
    1. Transcripts
    2. SAT or ACT Standardized Testing Results
    3. TOEFL Results (if required)
  10. Financial Forms
  1. Immigration Information:
    1. I-20 Request Form (in order to process I-20 for Student Visa) (if applicable)
    2. Copy of Visa (if applicable)
  2. Copy of Military Discharge (if applicable)
  3. Release form for applicants who were previously in another formation program or sponsored by a different diocese or religious community.
  4. For applicants who have previously been in a formation program, copies of formation reports and testimonial letters from the appropriate authorities of former (Arch)Dioceses and/or Religious Communities are required. A report or letter is required for each seminary and/or (Arch)Diocese or Religious Community by whom the candidate was sponsored and should be submitted with the application.