The primary mission of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is the preparation and education of Catholic men who are discerning a call to the Ministerial Priesthood – forming missionary disciples who become shepherds after the Heart of Jesus Christ. It is a gift and privilege to be part of this sacred ministry, facilitating the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who wish to wholeheartedly configure their lives to Jesus, the High Priest.
Seminary formation involves a rigorous and holistic approach to the development, healing, and conversion of a candidate for the priesthood. The Church speaks of four “dimensions” on which the seminarian needs to place his focus: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral. These dimensions “are woven together in such a way that, while identified as distinct dimensions, they can be seen as an ‘integrated journey of the disciple called to priesthood.’” (Program for Priestly Formation 6th Edition, #11)
In the seminary, life centers on the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church- most especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. This is complemented by personal and community prayer, a comprehensive academic program of liberal arts and theological studies, and a program of pastoral preparation designed primarily for parochial ministry. Yet amid all these activities, seminary life is quite human. Young men live together in community in a true spirit of brotherhood, encouraging and supporting one another through conversation, recreation, and acknowledging the reality that one cannot “do this” on one’s own.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary provides an atmosphere that fosters a healthy, orthodox, and charitable approach to the formation of the whole man. Amid the diverse challenges that the Church faces today, the seminary provides the tools and experiences needed to bring the Love, Truth, and Beauty of God into our world in a spirit of humility and compassion. Through its comprehensive formation program that encompasses a College Seminary, Pre-Theology Program, and a Theological Seminary, St. Charles is equipped to accompany a man through every formal stage of his journey to the Priesthood. Please click on these different stages of formation to learn more.