Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Saint John Vianney College Seminary is one of the largest college seminaries in the United States, representing dioceses throughout the nation, with approximately 100 undergraduate men in formation annually.


The seminary's building project will allow us to form discerning young men into disciples of Christ.

Established in 1968

Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Established in 1968, Saint John Vianney College Seminary nurtures the seeds of a priestly vocation and prepares young men for major seminary through a premier education, a systematic formation in Christian character and a traditional Catholic program of spiritual growth. Our seminarians are full-time undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas and live in community on campus.

More than 500 of our alumni are serving as ordained priests today. See Our Story.


Phil Weir and His Family in Front of an Aircraft

Time at SJV prepared Air Force pilot — on the ground and in the skies

We recently caught up with Weir to discuss family life and his military career – and how his time at SJV helped shape it all.
Photos of Tim Rethlake and Luke Spehar

SJV alumni help men walk through unplanned pregnancies

“I’m terrified to hold a baby.” A gentleman told Saint John Vianney College Seminary alumnus, Luke Spehar, this as they sat down at Pregnancy Choices pregnancy resource center in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The man’s wife was pregnant, and he was preparing to become a father.
seminarian floor meeting

‘A place of deep community’: Upperclassman leadership is essential to seminary formation

Entering a countercultural existence can come with some culture shock. But the seminary is structured in such a way that help with the transition comes from fellow seminarians who went through the same process not so long ago.

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Learn more about the process of becoming a seminarian.

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