The University of St. Thomas

The Saint Paul Seminary

The Saint Paul Seminary prepares men for ordination to the ministerial priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. By virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, these candidates are configured to Christ, the head and shepherd of the Church. They will pastor communities of the faithful through Word and Sacrament.

The Seminary provides an integrative program of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation to prepare candidates for servant leadership as ordained ministers. Its program follows the norms of the decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Training of Priests, Optatam totius; the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis; and the Program of Priestly Formation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Currently, our seminarians come from 18 dioceses and one institute of consecrated life:

St. Paul and Minneapolis




Des Moines



Kabale, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

La Crosse


New Ulm

Pro Ecclesia Sancta, Peru

Rapid City


Sioux Falls

St. Cloud

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands