Seminary Life


seminarians on campus with priest

The seminary is where a man discerns whether God is calling him to priesthood and prepares him for a life of love and sacrifice as a priest.

He is assigned a seminary where he will take classes. In some respects, it's much like any college campus. Yet, it is different in that the seminarians are in a prayerful environment: morning prayer, Mass and evening prayer. Seminarians meet with spiritual directors on a regular basis. Sometimes, they become involved in a local parish or charitable activity.

Learn more about becoming a seminarian, the steps from seminary to priesthoodanswers to common questions about seminary, and opportunities to learn more about priesthood by contacting Vocations Director Father Joe Pins, 515-237-5050.

Meet our current Des Moines Diocese seminarians to find out why seminary is the best place to discern a vocation to priesthood!