A seminary is, first and foremost, a place for the formation of Catholic priests. St. John Paul II stated that the seminary strives to cooperate in fulfilling God's promise given through the prophet Jeremiah, "I will give you shepherds after my own heart." (3:15)
In fidelity to the Second Vatican Council, papal teaching and the directives of the bishops of the United States, the priestly formation program at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity takes up this important work for the life of the Church. We are a community oriented toward holiness and mission, in the model of the original apostles who gathered around Christ. Here, a man who feels called by God to be a priest, submits himself to intensive training in the human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral dimensions of priestly life, known as the four pillars of formation. The seminary program aims to help each man become an effective minister of God's love to a world that desperately needs more witnesses of it.
"To live in the seminary, which is a school of the Gospel, means to follow Christ as the apostles did. You are led by Christ into the service of God the Father and of all people, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thus you become more like Christ the good shepherd in order better to serve the Church and the world as a priest. In preparing for the priesthood we learn how to respond from the heart to Christ's basic question: 'Do you love me?' (Jn. 21:15). For the future priest the answer can only mean total self giving."
Pastores Dabo Vobis, 42