Seminary 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 for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston should contact the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese (telephone 617-746-5949). Other candidates must 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.

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 the Office of Admissions and Records. An official transcript should be sent directly to the Seminary from each college or university attended. Students whose first language is not English must also submit the results of the TOEFL examination.

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

Saint John’s Seminary intends 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.