Priestly Formation

Priestly Formation

The fundamental mission of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is the formation of Catholic men of partner dioceses and religious communities for pastoral service in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Seminary is committed to providing a unified college and theology program of formation in priestly spirituality, pastoral ministry, celibate witness, emotional maturity, intellectual integrity, and physical wellness.

Formation towards the ministerial Priesthood centers on the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church; most especially 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.

The Seminary recognizes the diverse challenges of our time and promotes in the seminarian a commitment to work in unity with others in the Church with a pastoral sensitivity that is exercised in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.

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.


Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary offers programs that support the four dimensions of formation:  spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral.  With a free standing College Seminary and a Theological Seminary, Saint Charles addresses the unique needs of seminarians during different stages of formation, from new discerners to men approaching ordination and all those in between.

Recognizing that priestly formation is both informal and programmatic, some of the formal programs include:

Apostolic & Pastoral Assignments
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Master of Arts (Philosophical Studies)
Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Divinity
Parish Leadership Program (Villanova University)
Servant Leadership, Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University
Spiritual Year



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