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Rector’s Welcome

Rector's Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary!  It is a pleasure for us to host you on our website, where I invite you to learn more about our history, our programs, and our planning.  Our mission continues to be to form priests and deacons who are shepherds after the Heart of Jesus Christ, and to prepare religious and laity for various forms of discipleship, ministry, and service in His Church.

I invite you to explore the many dimensions of life at the seminary where we have been preparing leaders in the Church since 1832.  As such, Saint Charles is the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Today, we are proud to be educating and forming future priests for multiple dioceses and religious congregations as well as for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  We are honored to have hosted Pope Francis, Saint John Paul II, and several other future Popes on our current campus over these past 150 years. Now in our third century of continuous operation, we affirm the motto of our seminary: Exiit Qui Semimat ~ “The Sower Went Out to Sow.”

On these pages you’ll find information about our four schools of education and formation:

Each school is staffed by members of our renowned faculty and maintains full accreditation by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.

In addition, we have our SPIRITUAL YEAR PROGRAM.

Supporting these schools of learning, the numerous specialized collections in the Ryan Memorial Library offer a wealth of wisdom open to students and visitors alike.

Our mission – and our joy – is to prepare those who sow the seeds of the Gospel to be servant leaders and agents of the new evangelization, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.  Please continue to visit us – virtually on this site or on our campus – to see all that Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has to offer.

God bless you!

Sincerely in Christ,

Bishop Timothy C. Senior
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Rector, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary 

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