Applicants For the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Catholic men who are seriously considering preparation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and priestly service for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are eligible to seek admission to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and complies with all applicable non- discrimination laws.

The Director of the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood will provide the applicant with an application packet to start the admissions process. All applications and required documents must be in the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood by July 15 for admission for the Fall Semester. 

When the Archbishop of Philadelphia accepts a man as suitable for study for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and appoints him to study at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, the Director of the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood delivers all pertinent admissions materials to the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Admissions Office.

Applicants From Outside of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Any man who wishes to study at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for service in another archdiocese, diocese, or religious community must contact the proper Vocation Director for the necessary sponsorship for admission.

Applicants Whose Native Language Is Not English

Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ. TOEFL scores are to be sent directly to the School of Theological Studies. 

All the information regarding application to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is contained in the admissions packet. All communication related to the admission process takes place between the Vice Rector of the Seminary, who serves as the director of admissions for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and the Director of Vocations for the respective diocese or religious community.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary reserves the right both to investigate and verify all information provided by the applicant and to conduct background checks of the applicant.

For more information about the application process, please see our list of Partner Dioceses & Religious Communities link to 2.6 and their respective Vocation Offices.



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