About Our Seminaries

by The Vocations Office

About Our Seminaries

Under the Bishop’s guidance, men may be sent one of the seminaries listed below to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. (The Cathedral Seminary, located in Douglaston, Queens, may be required to complete necessary prerequisites before entering one of the following seminaries. For more information about Cathedral Seminary, click here).

1. St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie N.Y.  

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St. Joseph’s Seminary participates in the St. Charles Borromeo Inter-diocesan Partnership created by the three diocesan bishops of New York, Brooklyn and Rockville Centre. On November 10, 2011 Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio and Most Rev. William Murphy signed a Joint Operating Agreement that acknowledged their earlier decision to collaborate on a single college and pre-theology program at the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston NY, and to move toward a common graduate level program of priestly formation at Dunwoodie.

The Joint Operating Agreement was subsequently modified by a Memorandum of Understanding (March 15, 2012) to include the aggregation of all degree programs, faculty and students (lay and permanent deacon candidates) of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (SIC), Huntington NY to St. Joseph’s Seminary (SJS). By August 31, 2013, SJS will become the sole degree-granting Catholic seminary for the downstate New York region, operating on a main campus (Yonkers) and two additional locations (Huntington and Douglaston). The Boards of Trustees of the Partnership schools have agreed that SJS will serve their constituencies by offering the following degrees:

  • Master of Divinity Degree and the Degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome to seminarians at the main campus
  • Master of Arts in Theology to seminarians and lay students at the main campus
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies to lay students at the main campus and to lay students and permanent deacon candidates at Huntington
  • Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies to pre-theologians at the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, Douglaston NY who are preparing for graduate-level theology by taking courses in philosophy as a part of their formation for the priesthood (Source: https://dunwoodie.edu)

2. Pontifical North American College in Rome 

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In 1884, the North American College was granted pontifical status placing it under the special patronage of the Apostolic See and the care of the Holy Father. The College, therefore, is the direct concern of the Congregation for the Clergy and is under the immediate supervision of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its Board of Governors is composed of one elected bishop from each of the fourteen episcopal regions of the United States . The priestly formation program of the College is governed by the principles and directives enunciated in the documents Optatam totius of the Second Vatican Council, Ratio Fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Pastores dabo vobis of His Holiness Saint John Paul II, and the Program of Priestly Formation of the Bishops of the United States. 

The seminary community is composed of students sponsored by dioceses from across the United States and Canada who devote themselves to personal formation for priestly ministry under the attentive guidance, supervision and evaluation of a formation faculty of priests and religious. In this house of formation, seminarians deepen their awareness of the meaning and challenges of priesthood through their theological studies, through prayerful reflection on the revealed Word of God and the Tradition of the Church and its meaning for the modern world, as well as through a variety of pastoral service opportunities. (Source: http://www.pnac.org)

3. Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts

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The Pope St. John XXIII Seminary community is committed to our founding mission: the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of candidates between 30 and 60 years of age. Our unique institution is the only American seminary for these mature candidates administered by diocesan priests. For more than four decades, candidates have been accepted from various professional backgrounds; such as law, medicine, business, teaching, sales, banking, social work and military service. The diversity of life experiences shared by these mature seminarians enriches both the Seminary community and their future ministries in the Church. 

At Pope St. John XXIII, seminarians are offered a balanced program of priestly formation in a healthy, happy and mature environment specifically suited for the adult learner. The curriculum of theological studies is designed to nurture what is central to our Catholic Faith and Tradition in an integrated human, spiritual and pastoral formation program.  The expectation is that candidates applying for admission will have obtained an undergraduate degree and many enter the Seminary having already earned advanced degrees.

Candidates considering admission are sponsored by a diocese or religious order. Our current seminarians represent over thirty dioceses and five religious orders located throughout the United States and beyond. Since 1964, 140 dioceses and religious orders have entrusted the formation of their candidates for priesthood to this Seminary. Our 600 alumni serve throughout the world. (Source: http://www.psjs.edu)

4. Theological College in Washington D.C.

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Theological College, the national diocesan seminary of the Catholic University of America is directed by the priests of the Society of St. Sulpice. Theological College participates in the mission and responsibility of the Bishops to provide for the People of God wise and holy priests close to the heart of Christ and consumed in His work of salvation. In affiliation with The Catholic University of America, Theological College assists seminarians in the task of vocational discernment and in the preparation for priestly life and ministry at the diocesan level, particularly as experienced in the United States. (Source: http://www.theologicalcollege.org)

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