A new year begins at the Seminaries of Saint Paul

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The fall semester is in full swing at both Saint John Vianney College Seminary and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. After abundant weeks of retreats, convocations, and time for prayer and reflection as a new academic year begins, more than 1,000 men and women are taking their next steps as leaders in the Catholic Church.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Seminaries of St. Paul in 2021-22:

  • 90 men from 17 different dioceses are currently discerning the priesthood at Saint John Vianney College Seminary. Eight of them will be studying abroad in Rome during the fall semester.
  • 24 seminarians graduated from SJV in 2021, with 15 going on to major seminary.
  • 11 SJV alumni were ordained to the priesthood earlier this year.
  • 1 new rector has been installed at SJV. Fr. Jonathan Kelly brings a wealth of experience to the role, including the past seven years as a formator at the seminary.
  • 90 seminarians are preparing for the priesthood at The Saint Paul Seminary. The group includes 44 new men and five new dioceses: Omaha, Boise, Hartford, Helena and Winona-Rochester.
  • 16 men are spending the year as aspirants in the Saint Paul Seminary’s inaugural propaedeutic year. The seminary is one of the first in North America to institute this special year of formation that’s meant to prepare men before entering major seminary. Stay tuned for more information on how the seminary is approaching this added step to ensuring good, holy priests for the Church’s parishes and communities.
  • About 90 lay students are currently studying in the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity‘s graduate theology programs.
  • 26 men are currently preparing for the permanent diaconate as part of the Institute for Diaconate Formation.
  • Over 1,000 lay men and women are enrolled in faith formation via the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute.
  • The Saint Paul Seminary Press has published seven books with more on the way.
  • More than 10,000 Catholic school students have been impacted by recipients of the School of Divinity’s Certificate in Catholic School Leadership.
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