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This year, 12 partner dioceses from all over the world and 6 religious congregations entrust their men to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for preparation for the priesthood. 

This year, 12 partner dioceses from all over the world and 6 religious congregations entrust their men to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for preparation for the priesthood. 

A Path Toward Spiritual Growth

Newly Ordained Priest

This year, 12 partner dioceses from all over the world and 6 religious congregations entrust their men to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for preparation for the priesthood. 

“My first year of the priesthood was an amazing time filled with many blessings and graces from God. It was so incredible to be with the people of God who I have been formed to serve. When I arrived at the parish, it was an opportunity to really learn how to apply those concepts that I was taught in the seminary and to try to put them into action. I am most grateful to the seminary for preparing me to anticipate the needs of the people. I think that there can definitely be a nervousness that one experiences when entering into a new assignment, especially a first assignment. But I was confident that I had the tools that I needed.

When you arrive at a parish as a new priest, all that the people see is a finished product, which is kind of far from the reality of things. We are continuously striving to be the priests that we are called to be, but behind the scenes are so many years of preparation and formation (eight years in my case), to come to this moment. Without St. Charles, I wouldn’t be able to serve the people as I do now. It’s really something that I’m so grateful for and something upon which I often look back as I continue to grow in my identity as a priest.

The generosity of the people of Philadelphia and of the people beyond Philadelphia is so crucial to the success of our mission at St. Charles Seminary. And without the prayerful and financial generosity of the people of God, St. Charles could not continue in her mission of forming great men to become priests to serve the Church here in Philadelphia and beyond.”

Father Matt Brody, Parochial Vicar, Saints Peter and Paul Parish

  • 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.