About STS

The School of Theological Studies and Program of Catholic Studies (STS) at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia is seeking Catholics who want to pursue a fulfilling academic program of theology. STS is a center of theological education in Philadelphia for laity, priests, and religious from the Greater Philadelphia area and the entire country. STS conducts evening, summer, and online courses, on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, in Catholic theology and in various institute programs. If you're looking for a dynamic and vibrant program of theology and Catholic studies, in a truly inspiring setting, then please consider contacting STS.

STS is a co-educational program of theological study, faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Catholic intellectual tradition within the framework of "intellectual charity" (Benedict XVI). Fostering a loving community centered on Jesus Christ, we provide a fully integrated theological education grounded in natural reason and revealed truth. STS seeks to form students who are authentic living witnesses of the Faith sent forth to assist the Church in the joyful work of the New Evangelization. STS is answering Blessed John Paul II's call to build and renew the Church of the Third Millennium. STS's vision is to educate and form students who, as leaders in Church ministries and apostolates, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards and fully witness the Gospel in truth and love to those they are called to serve and teach.

The Philadelphia area is rich with the legacy of two canonized saints. St. Katharine Drexel was born and raised in Philadelphia. As a Catholic Religious, she devoted her life to educating those whom others had neglected - specifically, African Americans and Native Americans. St. John Neumann was the Bishop of Philadelphia and he notably spread Eucharistic devotion, and in his six years as bishop the number of Catholic schools grew from two to 400. Both saints are buried in the Philadelphia area.

STS was founded at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1969. For decades, STS has had the reputation of promoting solidly Catholic teaching with dynamic academic rigor. Since its founding, STS has granted masters degrees in Sacred Theology to over 1,050 students, most of whom still serve the Church in various capacities. STS is privileged to be part of the distinguished institution of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and part of such a rich heritage dating back to 1832.