Visit the Seminary


If you are in high school 
or college (age 16-22) and have ever considered the priesthood, you might be wondering about your next steps.  

The priests and seminarians at Saint John Vianney College Seminary invite you to take a closer look at seminary life. Beginning on Thursday night and concluding Saturday morning, a Vianney Visit offers an ideal look into our spiritual, academic, and fraternal life.

To schedule a personal visit, please contact your vocations director.

There is nothing like visiting SJV yourself. You will hear testimonies from current seminarians, attend spiritual conferences with SJV priests, pray with the community, and tour the University of St. Thomas. You may also have the option to meet individually with priests on staff or the rectorAnd, you won’t leave without having some fun! 

November 17-19, 2022

February 16-18, 2023

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Vianney Visit Schedule Feb. 16-18, 2023


NOTE: Sophomores are welcome to join us at our spring Vianney Visit. The fall visit will be limited to juniors and older.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

3:30-5 p.m.                         Registration

5:00 p.m.                             Greeting in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

5:05 p.m.                             Evening Prayer in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel 

5:20 p.m.                             Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

6:00 p.m.                             Marian Procession Departs from St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

6:30 p.m.                             Dinner at Iversen Center for Faith

7:30 p.m.                             SJV Priest and Diocese Introductions / Seminarian Testimonies

9:00 p.m.                             Rosary and Night Prayer in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (RAs lead)

10:00 p.m.                           Quiet hours on floors

Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

6:45 a.m.                             Morning prayer in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

7:00 a.m.                              Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

7:45 a.m.                              Breakfast with Seminarians at St. Thomas Dining Facilities

7:45 a.m.                              Priests – Breakfast in Iversen Center for Faith with SJV updates

9:00 a.m.                              Track 1 - Spiritual Conference in Anderson Student Center Room 238

9:00 a.m.                              Track 2 - Spiritual Conference in SJV Chapel

9:30 a.m.                              Meet in Small Groups on Floor Lounges, Conference Room, RA rooms

10:00 a.m.                            Tour of Campus / Department of Catholic Studies Open House

(You may attend a class with a seminarian at 10:55 am, 12:15 pm or 1:35 pm)

11:15 a.m.                            Free Time

12:00 p.m.                            Lunch with Seminarians at UST Dining Facilities

1:00 p.m.                             Recreation, Free Time (McCarthy gym is reserved from 1-2 p.m.)
                                             Priests – Optional tour of SJV construction, meet in lobby

2:00 p.m.                              Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in SJV Chapel
                                              Confessions available in SJV Room 110

2:45 p.m.                              Track 1 - Spiritual Conference in Murray-Herrick Campus Center Room 204

2:45 p.m.                              Track 2 - 1-on-1 Meetings with Priests, meet in lobby

3:45 p.m.                              Track 1 - 1-on-1 Meetings with Priests, meet in lobby
                                              Optional Latino Scholars gathering, meet in lobby

3:45 p.m.                              Track 2 - Spiritual Conference in Murray-Herrick Campus Center Room 205

5:00 p.m.                              Evening Prayer for Vianney Visitors in SJV chapel

5:15 p.m.                              Dinner by Dioceses (locations TBD)

7:30 p.m.                              Recreation

10:00 p.m.                            Quiet Hours on floors

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023

7:00 a.m.                             Wake-up

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                 Light breakfast at Iversen Center for Faith

8:00 a.m.                             Holy Hour, beginning with Morning Prayer in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

8:15 – 8:50 a.m.                  Confessions available

9:00 a.m.                             Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

10:00 a.m.                           Vianney Visit concludes                      

There is no charge for the event and all meals are provided. 


Please note: During normal food preparation at Saint John Vianney College Seminary, cooking utensils, equipment, and preparation areas are shared. As a result, SJV cannot guarantee that any food item is completely free of allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat). If you have an extreme food allergy, we recommend you bring your own food to eat during your Vianney Visit weekend. Limited gluten free food options are available at each meal.  Some meals are eaten at the University of St. Thomas. Please visit their Dining Services page for more information.

Young men discerning seminary life will stay overnight at SJV. Parents in town for a visit have plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including several close to the University of St. Thomas.

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