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Visit Saint Vincent Seminary

“Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.”

The best way to get to know our Seminary is by seeing it in person, meeting our faculty and staff members and touring our campus.
We invite you to visit us. While our faculty and administration is comprised of a mix of Benedictine monks and diocesan priests, the Rule of Saint Benedict is especially important when it comes to hospitality:

Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say,
"I came as a guest, and you received Me" (Matt. 25:35). (Rule of Saint Benedict, 53:1)

Individual Visits

Seminarians are sponsored by dioceses and usually work through a vocation director and their sponsoring bishop when they choose a Seminary. Seminarians are welcome to visit campus individually, or with fellow diocesan seminarians.

Members of religious orders also generally work through their order's vocation director and religious superior when choosing a place of study. Individuals are also welcome to visit.

Persons interested in pursuing a Master of Arts degree are invited to make an appointment and tour campus as well. 

The Seminary, generally in the spring, sponsors a live-in experience for men who are 18 years of age or older an opportunity to reflect on God’s call in their lives and see what the life of a diocesan seminarian is like. This time is an ideal way for men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood to reflect further on their vocations, to experience the life of the seminary first-hand, and to get to know the expectations of seminary life. 

The Live-In Experience begins on a Sunday evening and concludes on a Tuesday.

Potential students generally arrive around 3 p.m. on Sunday, attend vespers and dinner, then participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, sung evening prayer and a social. 

On Monday, visitors participate in morning prayer, have breakfast, and then sample some classes, getting a taste of graduate school. Following lunch they tour the campus, which we share with Saint Vincent College, Saint Vincent Archabbey, and Saint Vincent Parish. Current seminarians may share their own vocation stories, and visitors can, if they wish, schedule a private conference with seminary spiritual directors prior to dinner. 

Tuesday morning Mass and breakfast is followed by the opportunity to sit in on another class, ask questions about social concerns activities, and meet with faculty and staff members to answer questions about Saint Vincent Seminary. Guests then depart following lunch. 

The Seminary Live-In Experience provides an opportunity to become part of our community for a few days and participate in the human, spiritual, and academic components of priestly formation.

 

For additional information email us at seminaryinfo@email.stvincent.edu.



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