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Currently, there are 41 men in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and over 300 ordained Permanent Deacons in service to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Missing Piece

School of Diaconal Formation

Currently, there are 41 men in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and over 300 ordained Permanent Deacons in service to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Currently, there are 41 men in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and over 300 ordained Permanent Deacons in service to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“I was coming out of Mass one morning and I looked up to the sky and said, “Lord, I want to do more for you” but I wasn’t sure what that entailed. A few weeks later, I received my answer – the Diaconate Program of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. I found the Program very enlightening; it expanded my intellect and my knowledge of who the Lord is and what He is calling me to do with my life. You think you know about your faith, but there is so much more to it.  St. Charles has given me the pieces to a puzzle I never knew I needed.

My wife has been so supportive through this whole process. She always has my back and I know she is with me 100%, as all the wives are in the Diaconate Program. The professors are amazing and willing to help in any way they can. They really bring a “wow factor” to all their classes. The Program has really helped me to grow as a person, inside and out of Church. I was someone different when I entered six years ago and they have truly helped to form me into the man that I am today. The men in the Program have open arms to help anyone that they can and they have become my dear friends. Next year, God willing I will be ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and I cannot wait to serve the Lord more.”

– Jesus Burgos

When you support the Seminary Appeal you are helping to make a change in our society and in our Church. The seminary prepares men and women to set this world on fire.
  • 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.