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
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%.
|Year||Number Ordained||Departed Priestly Ministry as of Fall 2009*||Departed Priestly Ministry as of Fall 2012*||Retention Percentage as of Fall 2012|
|TOTAL||256||14 = 94.5%||17||93.35%|
| * By departure is
from ordained priesthood.