Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Saint John Vianney College Seminary is the largest collaborative college seminary in the United States, representing 18 dioceses throughout the nation with approximately 100 undergraduate men in formation annually.


A Generous Response

SJV's vibrant and healthy formative environment equips men to faithfully respond to God's call with courage, conviction, and zeal.

Saint John Vianney College Seminary

Men in Christ.
Men of the Church.
Men for Others.

Established in 1968, SJV nurtures the seeds of a priestly vocation, preparing young men for major seminary through integral formation and discipleship in Christian character, a traditional Catholic program of spiritual growth, and a formative liberal arts education. Our seminarians are full-time University of St. Thomas undergraduate students who participate in campus life as it aligns with our mission.

More than 600 of our alumni are serving as ordained priests today.
Watch SJV Vocation Stories.


100 Years Since Nazareth Hall (Pt. 2)

Father George Welzbacher shares remembrances from 1940-1945 when he was a student at Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary.

SJV Decal Stickers Available

SJV decals are now available for $5 / sticker. Please contact Dede Leininger, Event & Hospitality Specialist, at or 651-358-3339 to purchase.

100 Years Since Nazareth Hall (Pt. 1)

How could we celebrate 100 years of college seminary formation in this Archdiocese without acknowledging where the first 47 years quietly took place along the beautiful shores of Lake Johanna, north of St. Paul?

Why SJV?

Because God still calls.

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