Answering the Call of Christ

When Christ first called His Apostles, He did so internally and externally. Internally He prepared them by grace to desire something more. Internally He cultivated that longing until the time in which He would encounter them externally. There is no other explanation for the immediacy of their response, to drop their nets and follow Him. For three years they lived in His company. It was the first seminary. St Joseph College Seminary is at Christ’s service. The pattern of Christ’s action is the same. Men come to us who have been altered interiorly by grace, moved externally by the support of the Church, and seek to live in His company. They seek to be friends of Christ by His election. Are you one of them?

Forming Priests For a Growing Diocese

The Catholic faith in North Carolina is growing, and the need for priests to serve our growing flock is great. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to form priests in the diocese of Charlotte, among the people and parishes they will one day serve. Learn about the special calling of the priesthood and the Bishop's dream to have a priest in every parish.

Forming Priests For a Growing Diocese

The Catholic faith in North Carolina is growing, and the need for priests to serve our growing flock is great. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to form priests in the diocese of Charlotte, among the people and parishes they will one day serve. Learn about the special calling of the priesthood and the Bishop's dream to have a priest in every parish.
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Why Create A College Seminary
In the Diocese of Charlotte?

The Catholic population has grown tremendously since our Diocese was formed 40 years ago. Providentially, the number of men being called to the priesthood has also increased. Until now, college-aged men discerning a vocation were sent to seminaries more than 400 miles away. On March 19, 2016, Bishop Peter J. Jugis founded St. Joseph College Seminary to help form priests here in the Diocese of Charlotte, where they will one day serve.

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What is a College Seminary?
Is it Different from College?

College Seminary is a place where men are free to listen to and discern who God is calling them to be. Seminarians attend classes and earn a bachelor’s degree with students on a traditional college campus and live in a community of prayer, formation, and social connection. They receive formation to help them mature in their relationship with Christ and prepare them for entrance into the Theologate, or major seminary, if that is God’s plan for them.
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Where Do Our Seminarians
Come From?

Our current seminarians come from parishes located in each region of our Diocese, from Tryon to Asheboro and Boone to Charlotte. Their diverse educational backgrounds include home schooling, Catholic schools, and public school environments. They are all from our Diocese and, God willing they are ordained, will return to our Diocese to serve in our parishes. You can click on the box below to view the home parishes of St. Joseph College Seminarians.
"The Priest offers his humanity to Christ, so that Christ may use him as an instrument of salvation, making him as it were into another Christ."
Pope St. John Paul II
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Collegiate Pursuits Begin at Belmont Abbey College

St. Joseph College Seminary is affiliated with Belmont Abbey College, where our seminarians major in Philosophy in preparation for theological studies at the graduate level. Their academic and personal growth is further enhanced through interaction on campus with Catholic and non-Catholic students from across the country and engagement in the parishes of the Dioceses.
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Are You Being Called To the Priesthood?

God calls each of us to follow Him in different ways. You may be looking for a clear sign that priesthood is definitely what He has in mind for you, but God typically works in more subtle ways. College seminary provides the environment, people, and tools necessary to clarify and deepen your discernment of God's Will, and time to decide if the priesthood is your true vocation.
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Strong Priests, Vibrant Parishes Yield Vocations

SJCS is a fraternity of young men committed to growing in who they are and who God is calling them to be. This growth is supported by the rector, our formation priests, the seminarians’ families, and countless priests and parishioners. Most weekends, our seminarians can be found serving in parishes throughout the Diocese, getting to know the flock they will one day serve.