“Come and see.” Vocational discernment begins with a question. The first question posed to Our Lord by His first disciples was, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” (John 1:38) They were intrigued, captivated by the person of Jesus Christ. They simply wanted to remain with Him. Perhaps more surprisingly, Jesus wanted to remain with them; so He invited them to “come and see.” Our Lord continues to make that invitation today…

While it is certainly true that a young man who enters college seminary is seeking, he is principally responding—responding to the invitation from Our Lord to “come and see.” Therefore, college or minor seminary is a time of seeking, but also of surrender. One discerning a call to the priesthood must be ready to place everything on the altar of sacrifice as did the Apostles, allowing himself to be formed and transformed. A college seminarian removes himself from the life he once knew, and enters into a radically new life, consisting of prayer, study, service, and fraternal charity.
The motto of our Seminary is Noli Timere – which means “Do Not Be Afraid.” The fear in most men’s hearts is the fear of making the wrong decision. We are here to help you make the right decision guided by prudence and wisdom, which are the fruits of a disciplined plan of life. Our daily horarium includes the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, communal and private prayer, spiritual direction, formation in virtue, study, and time alone to communicate with Jesus to discern with certainty that the priesthood is your true vocation.
How Does College Seminary
Help With Discernment?
Formation to the priesthood of Jesus Christ can be distinguished by four traditional pillars: Intellectual, Human, Spiritual, and Pastoral formation. These form the solid foundation of the rich soil in which the seed of vocation can be nourished and grow to maturity. The seminarian’s intellect is formed in the study of philosophy and a liberal arts curriculum. His mind and heart are transformed by the practice of virtue inspired by a profound spiritual life of contemplation. His formation culminates in an active life of selfless charity serving God... Read More

Can I still apply if I am not sure about becoming a priest?
While the decision to enter the seminary is not a final decision to become a priest, college seminary is not a place for those “just thinking about the priesthood.” Men come to college seminary to be formed, to look deeply into their interior life, and to be profoundly changed by the work of the Holy Spirit. If, at this time, you are curious but uncertain, there are programs to help you explore your vocation. Most of our seminarians attended Quo Vadis Days, a five-day discernment retreat during the summer time, as well as visited the seminary before applying to college seminary.
Will I have to
pray all day long?
College seminary offers a taste of what it is really like to be a priest – which involves quite a lot of prayer! Seminary requires that you invest yourself in prayer and contemplation, which inspires a young man to offer a return on all the good that God has given to him. Only through prayer, daily Mass, regular spiritual direction, and frequent confession are we able to have clarity to see the Lord and His plan. He will bring your life to fulfillment when you offer your life back to Him and ultimately discover what His true plan is for you.
“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

Quo Vadis Days

Quo Vadis Days is a weeklong discernment retreat for men ages 15-19, helping them answer the question, “What is God’s Plan for my life?” Participants hear talks from and get to know current seminarians and priests and find out what life in the seminary and priesthood are really like. Most of our current seminarians first attended Quo Vadis Days. Now they help other young men discover how God is calling them.

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Alpha Class

Christopher Brock
Matthew Dimock
Peter Rusciolelli

Bravo Class

Andrew Templeton
Luke Martin

Charlie Class

Bradley Loftin
Bryan Ilagor
Clement Akerblom
Michael Camilleri
Nicholas Kramer
Peter Townsend

Delta Class

Echo Class