Saint John’s Seminary and The Theological Institute are fully committed to the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of their academic programs. The rector, administration, and faculty constantly endeavor to offer effective programs in preparing candidates for ordained and lay ministry and participation in the life and work of the Catholic Church.
Saint John’s Seminary
Over the past fifteen years, the seminary has increased enrollment by more than 145% and has ordained over 174 men to the Roman Catholic priesthood.
In September 2017, Saint John’s Seminary welcomed 120 students from 16 dioceses, five institutes of religious life, as well as an ecclesial movement.
The Pre-Theology Program, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil.) or Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, provides a solid foundation for theological studies as well as the opportunity for ongoing discernment of the vocation to the diocesan priesthood and religious orders. Since 2005, 60% of those entering the B. Phil. or B.A. Phil. program have completed the degree, and 72% went on to continued formation and study in the Master of Divinity program.
The Master of Divinity is a coherent, comprehensive program that was positively reviewed by the Apostolic Visitation by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. In the past ten years, 60% of those entering the Master of Divinity degree program at Saint John’s Seminary completed the degree. In addition, 13% of seminarians in the M.Div. program concurrently completed the Master of Arts in Theology degree.
It is important to note that the graduation rates for degrees in both Pre-Theology and Theology signify the completion of academic as well as human, spiritual, and pastoral formation. There are other factors at a Catholic seminary, like vocational discernment, which may significantly impact graduation rates.
The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
The Master of Arts in Ministry completed its nineteenth year in May 2019, and has graduated 202 men and women. Over 80% of those who graduated in May 2017 report that within six months of graduation they were employed in their chosen field.
The Master of Theological Studies for the New Evangelization, which only began in 2011, has had twenty-two students successfully graduate from the program.