What Is It Like at the Seminary?

Seminary Life

St. John Vianney College Seminary
St. John Vianney College Seminary is a fully accredited four year college which offers Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Theology.  Its primary mission is to form and prepare men who are studying for the priesthood on the undergraduate level through a comprehensive program of academic, spiritual, communal, and apostolic formation.

St. John Vianney and its students attempt to make use of the diverse forms of ministry which comprise the church of South Florida, so that its graduates, who continue on through theology to the priesthood, will be well trained to serve a diversified and vibrant church. Most of St. John Vianney College Seminary’s seminarian graduates continue onto Florida’s major seminary, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary located in Boynton Beach (near West Palm Beach).  These two institutions have contributed greatly to the formation of fine and dedicated priests and lay leaders in Florida.  St. John Vianney College Seminary reflects an energetic, vital and deep-seated commitment on the part of the people of God of South Florida to provide quality education for the priests of the future.

Twice a year (usually November and March), those interested in discerning a priestly vocation are invited to spend the weekend at the seminary for a “Vocation Awareness Weekend.”  There is no cost for the weekend and free transportation is normally provided from the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  For more information on visiting the seminary, please contact Fr. Carl Melchior, Director of Vocations at spvocation@dosp.org

Click here  to visit the website of St. John Vianney College Seminary.

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is located in Boynton Beach, Florida (which is approximately 30 minutes south of West Palm Beach). It was opened in 1963 and is the only Roman Catholic theologate in the Southeastern United States. It is 1,000 miles from the nearest major seminary to the north and 800 miles from the nearest major seminary to the west. Because of its location and history it is the only bilingual and multicultural major seminary in the United States.

Students generally come to St. Vincent’s after receiving an undergraduate degree in philosophy from a college seminary program (like St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami) or having completed a pre-theology program (a 2 year prep program of philosophy and formation).  The primary purpose of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is to provide a spiritual, academic, and pastoral program to prepare candidates for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. In response to the increased Hispanic presence in the United States, the seminary fosters a bilingual and multicultural environment.

As a free-standing graduate, professional and academic School of Theology, the seminary is secondarily committed to providing continuing education for clergy, religious, and laity of all denominations. St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary offers Master’s Degrees and provided the necessary preparation for priestly ordination.  Seminarian candidates are ordained to the priesthood for their sponsoring dioceses following the successful completion of their studies at St. Vincent’s.  St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is co-owned by the seven dioceses of Florida.

Click here to visit the website of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.