If you are in high school or college (age 16-24) and have ever considered the priesthood, you might be wondering about your next steps.
The priests and seminarians at Saint John Vianney College Seminary invite you to take a closer look at seminary life. Beginning on Thursday night and concluding Saturday morning, a Vianney Visit offers an ideal look into our spiritual, academic, and fraternal life.
To schedule a personal visit, please contact your vocations director.
There is nothing like visiting SJV yourself. You will hear testimonies from current seminarians, attend spiritual conferences with SJV priests, pray with the community, and tour the University of St. Thomas. You may also have the option to meet individually with priests on staff or the rector. And, you won’t leave without having some fun!
November 18-20, 2021
February 17-19, 2022
Vianney Visit Schedule Februuary 17 - February 19
Track 1: High School Sophomores and Juniors Track 2: High School Seniors and Older
Thursday, February 17th, 2022
3:30-5 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Greeting in Chapel
5:05 p.m. Evening Prayer in SJV Chapel (Fr. Kearney)
5:20 p.m. Marian procession departs from lobby (Fr. Kearney)
5:45 p.m. Mass (Fr. Kelly)
6:30 p.m. Dinner (PBR)
7:30 p.m. SJV Priest and Diocese Introductions / Seminarian Testimonies (Fr. Gitter)
9:00 p.m. Rosary and Night Prayer in SJV Chapel (RAs lead)
10:00 p.m. Quiet hours on floors
Friday, February 18th, 2022
6:30 a.m. Mass (Fr. Alexander) followed by Adoration with Confessions available
7:45 a.m. Breakfast with Seminarians at UST Dining Facilities—Iverson LL16
7:45 a.m. Priests – Breakfast in Iverson with SJV updates (Fr. Kelly) - ASC 364
9:00 a.m. Spiritual Conference in Pope Benedict Room (Track 1) (Fr. Jones)
9:00 a.m. Spiritual Conference in SJV Chapel (Track 2) (Fr. Kearney)
9:30 a.m. Meet in Small Groups on Floor Lounges, PBR, Conference Room, etc.
10:00 a.m. Tour of Campus
(You may attend a class with a seminarian at 10:55 am, 12:15 pm or 1:35 pm)
11:00 a.m. Free Time
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Seminarians at UST Dining Facilities
1:00 p.m. Recreation, Free Time (McCarthy gym is reserved from 1-2 p.m.)
2:45 p.m. 1-on-1 Meetings with Priests (Track 2), meet in lobby
2:45 p.m. Spiritual Conference in Pope Benedict Room (Track 1) (Fr. Kuharski - Prayer)
3:45 p.m. 1-on-1 Meetings with Priests (Track 1), meet in lobby
3:45 p.m. Spiritual Conference (Track 2) in PBR (Fr. Kelly & Mike Roesch)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer in SJV Chapel (Fr. Alexander)
5:15 p.m. Dinners by Dioceses (Locations determined by Diocese)
7:30 p.m. Games or movie options at SJV
Saturday, February 19th, 2022
7:00 a.m. Wake-up
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast served in Pope Benedict XVI Room
8:00 a.m. Holy Hour, beginning with Morning Prayer (Fr. Jones)
8:15 – 8:50 a.m. Confessions available (SJV priests)
9:00 a.m. Mass in SJV Chapel (Fr. Jones)
10:00 a.m. Vianney Visit Concludes
- Masks will be required in UST facilities
- Business casual clothes for Mass.
- Gym clothes for open gym.
- A sleeping bag and pillow if you are not traveling by air.
- An open mind and an open heart.
- A signed SJV Photo Release for Minors Form OR a signed SJV Photo Permission Form (for 18+).
There is no charge for the event and all meals are provided.
Please note: During normal food preparation at Saint John Vianney College Seminary, cooking utensils, equipment, and preparation areas are shared. As a result, SJV cannot guarantee that any food item is completely free of allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat). If you have an extreme food allergy, we recommend you bring your own food to eat during your Vianney Visit weekend. Limited gluten free food options are available at each meal. Some meals are eaten at the University of St. Thomas. Please visit their Dining Services page for more information.
Please contact your Vocations Director first to let him know of your interest in a Vianney Visit weekend.
Call: (651) 358-3368
Young men discerning seminary life will stay overnight at SJV. Parents in town for a visit have plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including several close to the University of St. Thomas.