St. Joseph’s Seminary welcomes applications of men seeking formation for the Catholic Priesthood. It is necessary that an applicant be sponsored by a diocese, eparchy, or religious community. Graduates of St. Joseph’s Seminary are serving in dioceses across the United States and Canada, and in numerous religious communities.
Admissions requirements and criteria conform to the norms found in the Program of Priestly Formation (5th ed). Applicants, vocation directors, and other interested parties should direct their inquiries to the Dean of Admissions. Applicants should contact the Dean of Admissions as soon as possible, preferably before January 15th of the year they wish to enter.
Requirements for Entrance
The procedure for admission to the Seminary includes a review of academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, personal interviews with the Dean of Admissions and the Rector, psychological and medical examination (anyone with a chronic medical problem will have to have a review of condition before admittance), and a personal interview with members of the Board of Admissions.
An applicant for admission is accepted up to 45 years of age, exceptions to this will be considered. An applicant must have a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent and have completed twenty-seven credits in approved Philosophy courses. These courses should cover the four major periods in Philosophy, i.e., Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy, as well as five systematic areas, i.e., the Philosophy of Man, Logic, General Ethics, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of God.
Candidates for admission are required to have taken at least nine credits of undergraduate theology, an overview course in Church History and six credits of Ecclesiastical Latin. In addition, a man must indicate habits of prayer in his life. The admission procedures are consultative to the Archbishop of New York who accepts a person into the Seminary through the Rector.
The Board of Admissions consists of the Rector of Saint Joseph’s Seminary, the Dean of Admissions and the Members of the Resident Priest Advisory Board.