Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

The seminary’s mission is to prepare candidates for ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church as priests and permanent deacons. Only Catholic men sponsored by a Catholic diocese or a Catholic religious congregation as potential candidates for ordination to the priesthood or diaconate are enrolled in the seminary division.

The program of formation and academic studies for the priesthood is distinct from that of the permanent diaconate. Only those studying as candidates for priesthood are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program.  A student in this program must meet the requirements of the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2006 Edition), satisfying the expectations for the four formational dimensions of intellectual, human, pastoral and spiritual formation within the requirements of the stages of formation (propaedeutic, discipleship, and configuration stages).

Candidates for the permanent diaconate must satisfy the academic and formational requirements as stipulated in the Handbook for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, which is based on the USCCB’s National Directory for the Life and Formation of Permanent Deacons.

Visit the links on this page for more information about the Master of Divinity degree requirements, priestly formation, and diaconal formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.