The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas has a twofold mission: as a seminary, to prepare men for ordination to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church; and, as a graduate school of theology, to prepare women and men for service and leadership in the Church and society.
The mission of The Saint Paul Seminary is to prepare candidates for ordination to the ministerial priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church, which differs in essence from the priesthood of all the baptized yet is related and ordered to it.
By virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, these candidates are configured to Christ, the head and shepherd of the Church. They will pastor communities of the faithful through Word and Sacrament, especially the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of the Christian life.
Following the norms of the Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Training of Priests, Optatam totius, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis, and the Program of Priestly Formation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Seminary provides an integrative program of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation to prepare candidates for servant leadership as ordained ministers.
The mission of the School of Divinity is to prepare women and men, lay and ordained, to serve Christ’s Church as leaders in the Church and in society.
Following the teachings of the Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Apostolate of the Laity, Apostolicam actuositatem, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II on the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, Christifideles laici, and the Reflections of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium, the degree programs of the School of Divinity will enable men and women to engage fully their baptismal call to a deepened faith, broadened knowledge, and full and active role of servant-leadership in the Church.