About the Seminary
In these pages, you will learn about the seminary at St. Mary’s Seminary & University. After being welcomed by our President-Rector, Rev. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S., you will find information about our Sulpician Tradition, the faculty, the administration and staff, the Board of Trustees, and the community life of the seminarians in formation.Key information about the seminary
Becoming a Priest
The process of becoming a priest is established by the Vatican in the document, Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis (The Gift of the Priestly Vocation). This document has been adapted for use in the United States as the Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America (sixth edition).
Intellectual formation is one of the four dimensions of priestly formation. Each seminarian must achieve a Master of Divinity degree before ordination, though some also pursue additional degrees.Academics in the Seminary
Institution of Readers and Acolytes
Those called to the ministry of Reader and Acolyte will be instituted at a special Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond, will preside.
The Carroll Lecture
The 2023 annual Carroll Lecture at St. Mary’s Seminary & University will be given by George Weigel. He takes the title from his most recent book in which he explains the necessity of Vatican II and explores the continuing relevance of its teaching in a world seeking a deeper experience of freedom than personal willfulness. …
Easter Break for students is April 3-April 14, 2023
For Current Students
Current students (seminarians) can access information required for their ongoing classes here.Get Information for Current Students
Alumni have access to “Class Notes” published twice a year, as well as the Annual Alumni Day celebration each October. Please keep your information current using the update form in the alumni pages.Go to the Alumni pages.
Dioceses, Bishops, and Vocation Directors
The seminary currently serves 13 dioceses in the United States and Canada as well as the Diocese of Zhao Xian in the Peoples Republic of China. Several religious orders have also sent seminarians as well. Bishops and Vocation Directors may also request a special information packet about St. Mary’s.See what dioceses we serve and find resources for bishops and vocation directors.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University has been blessed by the generosity of many benefactors. Every gift, no matter its size, is welcomed. Each gift builds a stronger foundation as we prepare the kind of priests the people of God truly deserve.