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Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $37,105 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $39,296 per year.

Costs for health insurance, books and additional expenses for seminarians can reach $8,500 per year.

My Adventure Was Calling

Priestly Formation

Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $37,105 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $39,296 per year.

Tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his B.A. in Philosophy is $37,105 per year; and tuition, room and board for a seminarian working towards his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees is $39,296 per year.

“My heart was always hungry for an adventure. After High School, my adventure began as I trained to become a Naval Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen (SWCC). I trained in California and it was tough—both physically and mentally. Once I graduated, I was deployed to Iraq twice. It was truly a great adventure, but still there was something missing. It was not until after I left the military and went to college that I realized what was missing in my life—the Lord.

He revealed to me that He was with me all along, even when I was ignoring Him, even when I did not know Him or even when I may have questioned His existence—He was there. He showed me that in a very special grace. Within that grace came a new mission, a mission to a greater adventure in my life—St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

I have been at the seminary for six years now and it has been a true blessing. I have found a new brotherhood with a deep sense of mission. I now sit here as a Deacon with a lot of history in my own life, a windy road, but the Lords grace was always there.

Ultimately the Lord will use me as a vessel of His Grace. I look to be His hands for people. And to bring His life, through the sacraments, to teach people and live it out in my own life. The seminary’s mission is quite unique and special in the life of this world and in the life of the world to come.”

– Rev. Mr. Mark Tobin

What greater mission is there than the formation of priests? When you support the Seminary Appeal you are nourishing our Catholic faith here in Philadelphia and beyond.

Costs for health insurance, books and additional expenses for seminarians can reach $8,500 per year.

A new mission

“One aspect of the seminary that is necessary is time—time to discern a call. Before we enter, we have that opportunity with our family, friends, and priests. When we come to St. Charles, we have the privilege to work with our formators. They help us to quiet ourselves and reflect on the Lord’s will.

Nobody comes to the seminary with everything figured out. Our time at the seminary is orientated to learning our faith, growing in virtue, and ultimately being configured to Christ. Our formation for the priesthood helps us to understand the call to imitate Christ and hand over our lives for the salvation of souls.

I am looking forward to preaching, teaching the faith, and celebrating the sacraments so that others will have an opportunity to truly encounter Christ. I know encountering Christ has brought me great joy in life; and I cannot think of anything better than to share that joy in the world.

The mission at the seminary is not confined to who is on campus but incorporates others throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and beyond.“

– Rev. Mr. Kenneth Cavara

  • Every Thursday, Seminarians minister to the community by serving people in need in parishes, nursing homes, prisons, schools, and community centers. This allows each seminarian to understand the ways in which their growth is connected to service while continuing on their path of discernment to a priestly vocation.
  • There are four dimensions of priestly formation that guide the development of the candidate toward Priesthood. They are the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.
  • Since its beginning in 1969, the School of Theological Studies has awarded over 1,100 Master of Arts in Theology degrees to lay man and women, priests, and religious, as well as hundreds of undergraduate certificates.
  • Every Thursday, Seminarians minister to the community by serving people in need in parishes, nursing homes, prisons, schools, and community centers. This allows each seminarian to understand the ways in which their growth is connected to service while continuing on their path of discernment to a priestly vocation.
  • There are four dimensions of priestly formation that guide the development of the candidate toward Priesthood. They are the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.
  • Since its beginning in 1969, the School of Theological Studies has awarded over 1,100 Master of Arts in Theology degrees to lay man and women, priests, and religious, as well as hundreds of undergraduate certificates.