A seminary is, first and foremost, a place for the formation of Catholic priests. St. Pope John Paul II stated that the seminary strives to cooperate in fulfilling God's promise given through the prophet Jeremiah.
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.
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity is a community oriented toward holiness and mission, in the model of the original apostles who gathered around Christ. It asks a man, who feels called by God to be a priest, to submit themselves to intensive training in the human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral dimensions of priestly life, known as the four pillars of formation. This allows men to grow in holiness and to become effective ministers of God's love to a world in great need.