The seminary accomplishes its primary mission by educating and forming candidates for the priesthood. The basis of this preparation is derived from the four pillars of formation as presented in the Program for Priestly Formation—human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral—leading to sacramental ordination by which a man is configured to Christ the High Priest and consecrated for service to the whole People of God.
In addition, this higher education is further directed to the professional formation of candidates for the permanent diaconate, lay ecclesial ministers, and others who, by virtue of Baptism, wish to serve in the Church for the promotion of the New Evangelization.
By forming priests, deacons and lay ministers, Sacred Heart Major Seminary serves the needs of the whole Church through pastoral and academic programs that deepen the understanding of the Christian faith. The seminary teaches and exemplifies Gospel values to fulfill Christ’s call to be a light, illuminating its diverse body of students for service within the community.
The College of Liberal Arts, through its undergraduate degrees (A.A.M., A.B., B.Phil.) and diploma programs, forms students with a deep appreciation and knowledge of philosophy and the humanities. The School of Theology, through its graduate degrees (M.Div., M.A.P.S., M.A., S.T.B., S.T.L.) and diploma program, inculcates the knowledge, dispositions and skills required of those who will minister in the Church.