Seminary FAQs


The person considering the seminary has a thousand questions.  The best way to answer those questions is to contact Father Ross Parker, the vocation director.  Here are a few frequently asked questions with answers.

Trevor in classroom

How long does the seminary take?
A seminarian needs to complete an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.  If the seminarian has already earned a bachelor degree, he will enter a 2 year Pre-Theology program.  Four years of major seminary follows the philosophy.  This equates to a total of 6 to 8 years in seminary formation.

What are the steps to admittance?

When you make the decision that you would like to enter the seminary, the formal process begins. You will then have a series of meetings with the Vocations Director and will visit the seminary. You will fill out application forms and supply the vocations office with some personal records. You will go through several in-depth interviews and will write your life history. You will be asked to get recommendation letters from priests, friends, co-workers, or teachers. You will complete a series of psychological tests.

How much will it cost to go to the seminary?

The seminarian is expected to pay for the undergraduate degree.  The diocese will help with a small tuition grant, reimburse books and provides a monthly stipend. For seminarians entering a Pre-Theology program, the diocese pays the tuition, room and board and reimburse for books and provides a monthly stipend.

Can I get student loans?

If you are considering college seminary, the diocese wants you to get whatever loans necessary to cover the costs of college seminary, minus the grants and scholarships for which you may be qualified.