Saint Joseph College Seminary



Each of the men studying at Saint Joseph College Seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago receives significant financial aid from the seminary.  Our seminarians live and take classes at Saint Joseph's, but they are also students at Loyola University Chicago.  Each seminarian graduates with a Loyola degree in Philosophy with a minor of their choice. Our partnership with Loyola University Chicago includes a helpful tuition accommodation for seminarians resulting in lower overall charges. Still, each of our seminarians and their families require assistance to afford this private education.

As more young men are invited to seriously discern the Catholic priesthood at Saint Joseph, the need to raise scholarship funds is growing.  If you have questions, or would like to discuss a gift to Saint Joseph College Seminary or our endowment fund, please contact our Director of Institutional Advancement, Dawn Zamora (773.973.9720 |

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2016 Seminary Salutes
rerum novarum Awards

In response to the excesses of 19th century capitalism and the exaggerated response of socialism, Pope Leo XIII in 1891 issued the first modern papal encyclical on labor and the dignity of the worker. This tradition has been adapted and reshaped to the changing conditions of the last 125 years by Popes Pius XI John XXIII, Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The fundamentals principles, however, have remained constant: respect for the dignity of the human being and human labor, the right to organize, and the right to a living wage. 

The Church has called upon priests and seminarians to foster these goals, so it is especially fitting that Saint Joseph College Seminary should honor the men and women of our day in business, labor, and government who have been outstanding in their support of these ideals.

Today, the challenge remains and involves all of us, as it always has. On September 2016, Saint Joseph College seminary will honor Mr. Donald Finn, Mrs. Margaret A. Houlihan Smith, and Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. with the Rerum Novarum award for their outstanding efforts to renew the vision of the encyclical and their demonstration of a common conviction in the dignity of every human being.

Proceeds of this annual awards banquet benefit the students and programs of Saint Joseph College Seminary.