A Faithful Catholic College

St. Joseph College Seminary is affiliated with Belmont Abbey College, where our seminarians major in Philosophy in preparation for theological studies at the graduate level. Belmont Abbey College is one of only 15 universities in the United States recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society for its commitment to a faithful Catholic education. Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, it continues to celebrate the 1,500-year-old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning. The Abbey is the only Catholic college between northern Virginia and Florida.

Frequent Access
to Live the Faith

Spiritual life at Belmont Abbey is centered at the historic Abbey Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians. Daily mass and three weekend masses offer flexibility for living the faith. Confession and Adoration are available seven days a week. Students can join the monks for the Divine Office Prayer of Vigils, Lauds, Midday Prayer, and evening-sung Vespers.

A True
Catholic Community

St. Joseph College seminarians frequently visit the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed 15 hours a day during the school year. The chapel is also used frequently by student groups for various purposes, including weekly praise and worship on Wednesday nights and communal prayer by the men’s and women’s households.

College Life Meets
Catholic Values

Although 45 percent of students are non-Catholics, ministry activities are unquestionably Catholic. Nights of praise and worship, Rosary in the Grotto, Confession, Adoration, Breakfast Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict, and student-led retreats are a few of the activities students engage in. For non-Catholics, the College provides an active R.C.I.A. program.
“There's a definite benefit to having the seminarians on our campus. On one hand, they are fine young men and good students, but also as a Catholic college, having young men who have identified themselves as possible candidates for the priesthood simply enhances the culture.”
Abbot Placid, Belmont Abbey Chancellor

A Philosophy Foundation
For Graduate Studies

Belmont Abbey College offers a strong foundation in liberal arts as well as an academic major in philosophy that meets the USSCB's Program of Priestly Formation. Seminarians explore and discuss the works of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas alongside traditional students.

Curriculum That's
Catholic to the Core

The Abbey introduced a new core curriculum in 2011 with heavy emphasis on the liberal arts, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and Western thought. Students become acclimated to Benedictine values through a First-Year Symposium and take required courses in philosophy, scripture study, and theology.

Great Books
Honor College

In the fall of 2018, Belmont Abbey College introduced a new Great Books Honors College that aids students’ progress toward wisdom about the fundamental human questions through the reading many of the greatest ancient, Christian, and modern texts in the Western Tradition. Read more here.

“The education our college seminarians receive is laying a foundation to think logically and analytically, pursue the truth, and be able to share that truth, not only with themselves but with future parishioners as they become priests for the Diocese of Charlotte.”
Dr. William Thierfelder,
Belmont Abbey College President

Religious Liberty

Belmont Abbey College was the first institution to file suit against the federal government in response to the HHS “contraception mandate.”

Unflagging Fidelity

Belmont Abbey College is one of only 17 schools in the country recognized for its strong Catholic identity by the Cardinal Newman Society.

Pro-life Commitment

MiraVia is a crisis pregnancy center located on campus offering pregnant mothers and their children a home and safe haven, so they can continue college studies.
Youth and Vibrancy
Belmont Abbey College attracts committed young Catholics throughout the year—for studies, talks, summer camps, homeschooling conferences, the Diocesan Youth Conference, and the annual Quo Vadis Days vocation discernment retreat.