Prospective Seminarians

Men considering a priestly vocation are strongly encouraged to contact their own diocese’s Vocation Office and speak directly with the Vocation Director. Please see our list of the vocation offices of the dioceses currently sending men to Saint John’s. The formation program at Saint John’s Seminary generally spans six years of study, two of Pre-Theology and four of Theology. For some students whose undergraduate program included a broadly based liberal arts program, which would include Philosophy, undergraduate Theology and Religious Studies, Latin, modern languages and literature, and the social sciences, consideration for admission directly to the four-year program in Theology would be the norm.

Academic Admissions

As a Catholic seminary, Saint John’s is open to students without regard to race or national origin, who are sponsored for the Roman Catholic priesthood by a diocese or a religious institute. Candidates from dioceses other than Boston are required to provide a letter of sponsorship from their bishop or religious superior.

Prospective students may visit the Seminary by making arrangements in advance with the Rector. The visit could include meeting faculty members, attendance at classes, participation in the liturgy, and/or informal discussions with seminarians. Preliminary visits such as these are not considered part of the admissions procedure for the Seminary, but they may prove helpful to the applicant. For more information about visiting Saint John’s, please contact us.

Application forms and a list of documentation required may be obtained through the vocations office of the applicant’s sponsoring diocese or religious institute, or from Saint John’s Office of Admissions and Records. For details, please see the Registrar page of this website. For international students, please note the forms and requirements required by the United States for student residency.

Candidates for the diocesan priesthood are required to be interviewed by the seminary’s Admissions Board. This interview will be arranged after the application and the accompanying documentation have been forwarded to Saint John’s by the candidate’s Vocation Director.

Saint John’s Seminary seeks to comply fully with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Copies of this act will be found on file in the Office of Admissions and Records. The Office of Admissions and Records makes available mail-in affidavits of registration to Massachusetts students who desire to vote. Students from a state other than Massachusetts must contact the appropriate state election official to receive an absentee ballot.

Academic Requirements

An applicant to the School of Theology must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college of recognized standing. He must give evidence of preparation in both philosophy and undergraduate theology similar to that of candidates from seminary colleges, as well as of an appropriate level of human maturation and spiritual development.