A national reputation for excellence and fidelity.
Saint John Vianney College Seminary has a clear mission - to provide basic training today for tomorrow's Catholic priests.  We pursue this mission through the first-class academic resources of the University of St. Thomas, through a systematic formation in Christian character and through a traditional Catholic program of spiritual growth.  We are Catholic and proud of it!

At Saint John Vianney and the University of St.Thomas, more than 130 seminarians are gaining an outstanding foundation in Philosophy and Theology.  A four-year program of spiritual conferences and individual spiritual direction help seminarians grow strong in their Catholic faith and vocational discernment.


A great seminary.  A great university.
Saint John Vianney College Seminary is located on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, near the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Since our founding in 1968, almost 400 Vianney alumni have been ordained to the Catholic priesthood. 

However, seminarians don't need to be sure about priesthood to enter seminary.  They only need to be sure about devoting their gifts and energy to God's will for their future. 

And they have a great time doing it!  Intramural sports. Service projects. Extracurricular activities with other students on campus. When these are combined with the educational and financial aid resources of the University of St. Thomas,  the Saint John Vianney seminarians receive a full college and seminary experience. Most importantly, our s
eminarians have the privilege of growing closer to Jesus Christ through daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, retreats, and personal prayer.

Currently more than 20 dioceses and archdioceses from throughout the United States send their college seminarians to Saint John Vianney.  They have come to trust our academic rigor, our sound formation program, and our faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic Church.