The formation of priests is at the heart of the Catholic Church. Established in 1894 under Archbishop John Ireland, The Saint Paul Seminary provides comprehensive formation and education, transforming men who humbly answer God's call into holy priests after the Lord's own heart.
The need – more good, holy priests and effective lay leaders
Just as in Archbishop John Ireland's time, today's Catholics express an urgent need for more good and holy priests. Without our priests, we would not have the Eucharist. And in today's challenging culture, the Church and the world need gifted, holy men to provide guidance and hope. Fortunately, as God calls, men and lay leaders are responding.
While they differ in essence, ordained priests and the lay faithful are intimately related. "Their activity within the church communities is so necessary that without it the apostolate of the pastors will frequently be unable to obtain its full effect (Decree on the Apostolate of the Lay People)." For this reason the Church needs effective faith-filled lay leaders who are equipped to work in cooperation with priests.
An invitation to participate
The Catholic faithful are instrumental in ensuring that men and lay leaders are able to answer God's call. As more men say "yes" to priesthood, prayers and financial support must increase. Furthermore, 90% of the lay leaders preparing for ministry at the seminary receive financial assistance. Please consider how you might participate in supporting this important mission by contributing to The Rector's Sustaining Fund, a Scholarship Fund, or by making a Legacy Gift.
The answer – a strong, thriving seminary
As men respond to God's call, they deserve the best formation possible. The Saint Paul Seminary is the answer to that need for men from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and beyond. Currently, 100 men from 17 diocese are in formation at The Saint Paul Seminary, one of the largest major seminaries in the country. With your support, The Saint Paul Seminary will continue to be a strong, thriving seminary that cultivates more good, holy priests after the Lord's own heart while equipping faithful, effective lay leaders for ministry within the Church.