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The School of Theological Studies is a major center of theological education in Philadelphia for laity, priests, and religious. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States with more than 300 students enrolled in its various programs.

The Seminary’s Ryan Memorial Library boasts 93,000 circulating and reference items, with special collections of older liturgical, catechetical and devotional books; a large collection of Catholic pamphlets and holy cards; access to several hundred periodicals and e-books through its database subscriptions; and over one hundred rare books dating back to the fifteenth century.

A Transformative Education

School of Theological Studies

The School of Theological Studies is a major center of theological education in Philadelphia for laity, priests, and religious. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States with more than 300 students enrolled in its various programs.

The Seminary’s Ryan Memorial Library boasts 93,000 circulating and reference items, with special collections of older liturgical, catechetical and devotional books; a large collection of Catholic pamphlets and holy cards; access to several hundred periodicals and e-books through its database subscriptions; and over one hundred rare books dating back to the fifteenth century.

The School of Theological Studies is a major center of theological education in Philadelphia for laity, priests, and religious. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States with more than 300 students enrolled in its various programs.

The Seminary’s Ryan Memorial Library boasts 93,000 circulating and reference items, with special collections of older liturgical, catechetical and devotional books; a large collection of Catholic pamphlets and holy cards; access to several hundred periodicals and e-books through its database subscriptions; and over one hundred rare books dating back to the fifteenth century.

“When I walk out of the classroom at St. Charles, my mind and heart are on fire! I would be coming here after a long day of working full-time as a teacher, exhausted, with three little ones at home; I would just want to go to sleep, but after being in the classroom and learning about my faith, I would leave more awake than when I came in because I was so excited about what I was learning! I am almost finished the program here, and I see how much of a gift my time spent at St. Charles has been. To learn from such exceptional scholars has been so rewarding.

What I receive at St. Charles goes beyond just education, it is really formation; I know that is more noticeable for seminarians and deacons, but being in the master’s program has formed me fully as a human being, not just intellectually, but spiritually as well. What I learn here will make me more capable of genuinely transmitting the faith to my children and to my students. Christianity is a way of life; it’s a relationship, walking with God day in and day out. Even in the most precarious moments of trial and suffering, when we are grounded in Him, we know the battle has already been won. He is victorious; He is our hope!

What they offer at St. Charles is more than just courses, it is transformative.”

– Meghan Martin

When you support the Seminary Appeal, you are helping to form priests and vocations. We need good quality priests and competent lay adult Catholics who can articulate the faith and share it with others in a way that makes sense and is relevant for life.
  • 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.