Identity

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a formational institution of higher education that proclaims Jesus Christ, who is the Truth, within the communion of the Catholic Church, from whose authoritative shepherds the seminary receives its mission. The seminary teaches and instills Gospel values to fulfill Christ’s call to be a light, illuminating its diverse body of students for service within the community.

The seminary accomplishes its primary mission by forming and educating candidates for the priesthood. This preparation is derived from the four dimensions of formation as presented in the Program of Priestly Formation 6th edition — 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.

The intellectual formation of all students is achieved at two levels. The College of Liberal Arts, through its undergraduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, forms students with a deep appreciation and knowledge of philosophy, theology, and the humanities. The School of Theology, through its graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, inculcates the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required of those who will minister in the Church.

This higher education is further directed to the professional formation of candidates for the permanent diaconate, lay ministers, and others who, by virtue of Baptism, are called to serve in the Church for the promotion of the New Evangelization.

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