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Founded in 1832, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The mission of the seminary is to form servant leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ.

These individuals will serve the Church and Her people with distinction in the years ahead, and build a community of faith that will act as your spiritual home.

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Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia


Read Archbishop Chaput’s letter

Partner dioceses and Religious Congregations

  • Diocese of Allentown, PA
  • Diocese of Arlington, VA
  • Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Diocese of Columbus, OH
  • Diocese of Da Nang (Vietnam)
  • Diocese of Greensburg, PA
  • Diocese of Harrisburg, PA
  • Archdiocese of Hartford, CT
  • Diocese of Lincoln, NE
  • Diocese of Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • Diocese of Raleigh, NC
  • Diocese of Trenton, NJ
  • The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
  • Oblates of St. Joseph, Holy Spouses Province
  • Congregation of The Mission, The Vincentians
  • Order of Canons Regular Of Prémontré, The Norbertines
  • Daylesford Abbey
  • Society Of The Catholic Apostolate, The Pallottines
  • Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $34,975 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $37,040 per year.
  • The Seminary has produced many excellent theologians and Church leaders, including over 50 SCBS alumni who have gone on to become bishops.
  • St. Charles has partnered with the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in creating a Servant Leadership Program specifically targeted at future priests.
  • Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $34,975 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $37,040 per year.
  • The Seminary has produced many excellent theologians and Church leaders, including over 50 SCBS alumni who have gone on to become bishops.
  • St. Charles has partnered with the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in creating a Servant Leadership Program specifically targeted at future priests.