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Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Founded in 1832 by Reverend Francis Patrick Kenrick, third Bishop of Philadelphia, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s mission is to form priests to be shepherds after the heart of Jesus Christ, and permanent deacons, religious and lay men and women for various forms of ministry, service, and discipleship.

  1. The Cardinal's Forum at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

    “Empty Pews”
    The Future of Catholic Parishes?
    The Cardinal's Forum is an annual gathering that advances the academic formation of seminary students and provides continuing education for the lay faithful about a topic of contemporary concern. Featured speakers this year include: Archbishop Charles Chaput, Fr. Thomas Dailey, Dr. John Haas, and Dr. Nathan Knutson.

  2. 2019 John Cardinal Foley Symposium and Award

  3. Ordination of Priests 2019

    Archbishop Charles Chaput ordains 7 men for service as priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

  4. Ordination of Transitional Deacons 2019

  5. Saint Charles Seminary 182nd Concursus

    Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary awards a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, to Harvard University Lecturer Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers. Dr. Rivers is also the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies gives the Concursus address. Concursus is the Seminary’s annual graduation ceremony where academic degrees are awarded to seminarians as well as religious and lay students enrolled in its college and graduate degree programs.

  6. Ordination of Permanent Deacons 2018

    Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained 15 men for service as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on June 9, 2018