Our Seminarians Stand Out
The Four Pillars:
Forming the Entire Man
St. Joseph College Seminary offers formation designed to improve vocational awareness and prepare seminarians for entrance into the Theologate. Our young men pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Belmont Abbey College, while seminary formators provide the human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral resources they will need as priests.
Preparing Good and Holy Priests Starts with a Solid Formation
Human Formation is the foundation of priestly formation, ensuring that each seminarian becomes a mature and balanced man who can relate well to others, bear the weight of pastoral responsibilities, and live a celibate life in a fruitful manner. The affective maturity required for the priest is realized in the development of the human virtues.
"It is right for seminarians to remember that if the Church demands much of them it is because they are to care for those whom Christ ransomed at such a high price. Many qualities are required of future priests: human maturity, spiritual qualities, apostolic zeal, intellectual rigor. To achieve these virtues, candidates to the priesthood must not only be able to witness to them to their formation teachers but even more, they must be the first to benefit from these same qualities lived and shared by those who are in charge of helping them to attain maturity."