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Posts in Vocations
Top Misconceptions of Seminary

When a young man tells his family and friends that he’s considering seminary, he may find that they don’t fully appreciate what that means. There are many misunderstandings about what seminary is and what it entails. We would like to address a few of the common ones.

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Why Come to St. Joseph College Seminary?

If you feel God’s path for you is leading you to priesthood and seminary, it’s of utmost importance to choose the institution that can best help you discern His call. At St. Joseph College Seminary we provide the community and environment you need to accomplish this, and more. We asked some of our seminarians why they came to St. Joseph.

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A Brief History of St. Joseph College Seminary

Since 1994, we have been part of the Loyola University of Chicago community, nurturing the God-given talents of young men who wish to become priests and community leaders in the Catholic Church. We are blessed to be where we are now, and have had a long, ever-changing journey. Here is a brief history of our seminary.

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A Heart Like Saint Joseph is Something Worth Imitating

It was no accident that Saint Joseph was led into the desert and told to bring with him his adoptive son. Joseph was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit. Much in the same way how Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit at the start of Lent. Jesus would again feel a desert as he was dying on the cross, feeling abandoned by nearly everybody in his life. The desert is not incidental to the life of Saint Joseph and to Jesus, in fact in the life of the Church. Rather it is a place where we can go to encounter God.

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Seminary Appeal Weekend 2016 | Zel Salazar

The story that brought me here is not extraordinary. I would consider myself as a normal 19 year-old that is just as human as you are who is pursuing my vocation. Having a vocation is not just for holy men and women who have a devout, prayerful life. We all have a vocation. We are all called to holiness and are created to respond to the call God has for us. Yet It is up to us to willingly discover what that call may be. We can be called to holy marriage, holy orders, religious life, generous single life in Christ, or to be a diocesan priest. Understanding a vocation is anything but easy, yet it is rewarding.

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Seminary Appeal Weekend 2016 | Andy Matijevic

As I began my preparation for my First Holy Communion in 2003, I would find myself playing Mass in my room, with red kool-aid and ritz crackers. On the day of my First Holy Communion, I sat in prayer after receiving the Eucharist and I heard the voice of Jesus say to me: “Andy, I want you to be a priest, come and follow me.”

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I Came to Saint Joseph because...

We invite you to take a look at why our seminarians chose Saint Joseph and what they're discovering about the experience. You'll see there are different reasons that draw them here.  But the main reason is that Jesus Christ has invited them to discern their vocation, to see if God is calling them to serve the Church one day as Catholic priests. 

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