Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.
Seminarians pursue a program which consists of a four-year liberal arts curriculum within the Seminary College or a two-year Pre-Theology program for students entering the Seminary with a college degree followed by a four-year curriculum within the professional school of Theology.
In Pastores Dabo Vobis, Pope John Paul II described the principal foundations for priestly formation as human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral. Each area, while distinct in itself, is naturally linked to the others. The four pillars form the comprehensive structure of formation that guides the development of the candidate toward Priesthood.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s highly skilled formation advisors work with candidates to integrate thoroughly the necessary priestly qualities and virtues in their lives.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary provides an atmosphere that fosters and ensures a thorough process of formation, so that the man called to the Priesthood by God will have a strong priestly identity, a desire to serve, and a love for the people of God.
Upon entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, each seminarian is assigned an individual formation advisor, who meets with the seminarian at least twice each semester to discuss his progress. The seminarian’s personal growth is examined in the areas of human, spiritual, intellectual, pastoral, physical, social, apostolic, and emotional development. This process ensures that the candidate will grow in the virtues that will enable him to be a priest of the highest personal integrity.
Our seminarians mature as virtuous human beings capable of entering into wholesome relationships with individuals of all ages, races, ethnic heritages, and creeds so that they may better understand and serve them. They are provided with ample opportunities to develop skills in interpersonal relations. One example is the option to participate in the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary sports programs. The athletic competition contributes to a well-rounded life at the Seminary, and encourages physical well-being, discipline, and camaraderie.
Seminarians also are encouraged to utilize the gymnasium, swimming pool, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, and a state-of-the art fitness/weight training center. In addition to their physical health, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is concerned about the emotional and mental health of its seminarians. Professional counseling is also available for our seminarians.
At times, various opportunities are offered for attendance at concerts, movies, performances, and sporting events. The seminarians organize and share in many community events to strengthen their leadership abilities.