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There are four dimensions of priestly formation that guide the development of the candidate toward Priesthood: the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.

There are four dimensions of priestly formation that guide the development of the candidate toward Priesthood: the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.

A Call to Serve

Priestly Formation

There are four dimensions of priestly formation that guide the development of the candidate toward Priesthood: the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.

sems-kenneth.jpg“I came to the seminary because I was seeking to serve. Being raised in a Catholic home, I found myself looking to serve the Lord. With the help of others around me, my family, my friends, priests, I found that God was calling me here to St. Charles. My younger brother was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2016, and he’s now happily serving in Philadelphia. And for me, it was inspiring to see him answer the call. I was very blessed because I got to see some of the sides of the life at the seminary through my brother’s perspective.

The seminary is truly a gift. It’s a privilege for me to be here to study. Generosity to the seminary does help seminarians directly, but it’s also helping the whole community of Philadelphia and beyond.”

- Kenneth Cavara, Theology II

sems-chris.jpg“I think my favorite aspect of St. Charles Seminary is the fraternity that we have with all of the other seminarians. There are just a lot of young men who want to love and serve God. And I think it’s essential to surround ourselves with people like that when we’re trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here at St. Charles, we form men to be priests and deacons, to experience the love that Jesus has for them so they can go and bring that love to others. That’s why it’s essential that people support St. Charles Seminary. I hope to really provide a bridge for people to encounter God and to grow in their relationships with Him because that’s what it’s all about.”

- Chris Massaro, Pre-Theology II

sems-francis.jpg“God is calling us in different ways. Before I entered the seminary, I was involved in many aspects of my home parish working with my Pastor. I was touched by how the Church does so many things for people in need, especially helping the poor and vulnerable. I feel privileged to study at St. Charles. This is a great environment for me to practice my faith and to discern, to become what God is calling me to be.”

- Francis Pham, College IV

  • Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $33,970 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $35,975 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. The program was specifically designed to be an administrative and stewardoriented supplement to the traditional priestly formation the Seminarians receive.