Saint Joseph College Seminary

The College Seminary


Saint Joseph College Seminary is the college level seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Its goal is to develop the natural gifts of seminarians studying for the Archdiocese of Chicago and other (arch)dioceses and religious orders, and help them to listen for God’s call to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. In order to prepare young men to possibly serve as Catholic priests in the future, the college seminary is committed to helping each seminarian grow in the Four Pillars of Formation as set forth in the Program of Priestly Formation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The Four Pillars are: Human, Intellectual, Spiritual and Pastoral.

Saint Joseph College Seminary is affiliated with Loyola University Chicago. Our seminarians earn their degrees from Loyola University where they receive an undergraduate college education with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. They pursue a B.A. in Philosophy in preparation for theological studies at the graduate level. Their academic and personal growth is further enhanced through interaction on Loyola's campus with Catholic and non-Catholic students from all parts of the world.

Saint Joseph College Seminary is a community of young men committed to growing in who they are and who God is calling them to be. This growth is supported by the seminary community, the many Catholic parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the seminarians' respective home (arch)dioceses or religious orders. Our seminarians develop their spirituality and Catholic identity through daily communal prayer, including daily Eucharist, and the development of a Catholic devotional life. The Rector and our Formation Priests are privileged to work with and walk with our seminarians to assist them in their personal and vocational growth. Saint Joseph seminarians engage in various apostolate experiences, through which they encounter the wider community, put the teachings of Christ into practice as they attend to those in need, care for the poor and the sick, and teach the truths of the Catholic faith.