SJV seminarians are powerful witnesses of the Gospel on campus and throughout the community. Our men are trained to live the New Evangelization as "missionary disciples" by participating in service projects, teaching religious education, leading Bible studies, and getting involved in campus activities. As part of their pastoral formation, SJV seminarians are expected to complete a Pastoral Ministry Practicum and a Religious Education Practicum.

New Men

  • Tutoring underprivileged children

  • Pro-life sidewalk counseling

Second-Year Men

  • Teaching faith formation

  • J-term poverty immersion

Third-Year Men

  • Street evangelization

  • Pastoral Ministry Practicum


  • On-campus peer ministry, including Bible studies and discipleship groups through the campus ministry apostolate Tommie Catholic.

Saint John Vianney College seminarians reach out to fellow university students and community members through Last Chance Mass. During the academic year, hundreds of attendees gather for Mass every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. in the seminary chapel. The Sacrament of Confession is available at 8:30 p.m. Approximately 40 seminarians coordinate the liturgy, refreshments and fellowship.

Catholic Men's Leadership is a weekly gathering of Catholic men and those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Seminarians help lead University of St. Thomas students in prayer, catechesis and fellowship. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. in the OSF Leather Room.

Saint John Vianney College seminarians are active in the University of St. Thomas chapter of the Knights of Columbus. With nearly 100 members, the organization brings together seminarians and undergraduate men to engage in community service and outreach. A senior seminarian typically holds the position of Grand Knight, leading the council in activities, meetings and events.

Well-established mission trips give seminarians optional opportunities to work with the poor and marginalized in areas of tremendous need throughout the world.

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