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Saint Vincent Seminary

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

MA in Ecclesial Ministry, MDiv, MA

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505 • Fax: 412-788-6510 • Website: www.ats.edu



Statement of Educational Effectiveness


“You will know them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7, 16-20)

Saint Vincent Seminary is the fourth oldest Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States. It has its canonical foundation in the papal bull Inter ceteras (1855), issued by Pope Pius IX, but its actual origins go back to the vision of a single Benedictine monk from Bavaria, Boniface Wimmer (1809-1887) who founded Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, and Seminary in 1846. Since then nearly 2500 men have been ordained to the priesthood, and among our distinguished alumni are 30 bishops, archbishops, and cardinals.

Perhaps the most definitive sign of the success of a seminary program is the perseverance of its priest-graduates in their priestly ministries in the years after their ordinations. An analysis of the data on the graduates of Saint Vincent Seminary speaks volumes regarding the effectiveness of the formation and educational programs of our seminary. As the following chart indicates, as of 2009, 93% of our graduates were still in active priestly ministry. As of the Spring of 2011, that percentage is still 94%.
 

Retention Statistics for Saint Vincent Seminary Graduates

Year Number Ordained Departed Priestly Ministry as of Fall 2009* Departed Priestly Ministry as of Fall 2012* Retention Percentage as of Fall 2012

1989

13 1 1 92.3%
1990 9 3 3 66.7%
1991 5 1 1 80%
1992 10 3 3 70%
1993 9 0 0 100%
1994 12 0 0 100%
1995 8 0 0 100%
1996 14 0 0 100%
1997 12 2 2 83.3%
1998 14 0 0 100%
1999 8 0 0 100%
2000 18 1 1 94.4%
2001 24 1 2 91.6%
2002 18 2 2 88.9%
2003 10 0 0 100%
2004 14 0 0 100%
2005 10 0 0 100%
2006 13 0 1 92.3%
2007 13 0 1 92.3%
2008 9 0 0 100%
2009 13 0 0 100%
TOTAL 256 14 = 94.5% 17 93.35%
2010 10   0 100%
2011 10   0 100%
2012 9   0 100%
TOTAL 285   17 94.03%
 * By departure is
    meant definitive
    canonical departure
    from ordained priesthood.
       
         
         

 



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