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Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Scots College in 2016.

Scots College in Rome to change location in the city

The Scottish seminary in Rome is looking to relocate closer to the city center next year, after determining that needed... Read more

The inner courtyard of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in the Vienna Woods, Austria.

Catholic archdiocese of Vienna sees rise in seminarians

The archdiocese of Vienna has reported a rise in the number of men training for the priesthood.   Read more

Spirituality Year: How a break from academics helps prepare men for priesthood

When Fr. Josh Mayer entered St. John Vianney’s Seminary in Denver, his first year looked a little more monk-like than... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Diocese of Thái Bình, Vietnam.

Catholic diocese in Vietnam builds new seminary amid rising vocations

A diocese in northern Vietnam is expanding its seminary in response to an increasing number of priestly vocations.  Read more

Seminarians from the Pontifical North American College meet Pope Francis Sept. 6, 2020.

Newly arrived American seminarians meet Pope Francis after travel quarantine

American seminarians met with Pope Francis this week after completing a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon their arrival in Rome.  Read more

Seminarians for the Diocese of Providence. Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Providence Seminary.

Prayers answered: Diocese of Providence sees decades-high number of new seminarians  

The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is welcoming eight new seminarians this year - the highest number of incoming seminarians... Read more

Seminarians from the North American College in Rome, Italy pray the rosary in St. Peter's Square March 13, 2016. CNA file photo.

American seminary in Rome sends students home during coronavirus

Amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Pontifical North American College seminary has sent students to return to their homes and... Read more

The funeral Mass of Michael Nnadi at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, Nigeria, Feb. 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

Seminarian's killing a 'defining moment' for Christians in Nigeria

At the funeral Mass for Michael Nnadi, the 18-year-old seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen last month, Bishop Matthew Hassan... Read more

Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, Nigeria, whence four seminarians were abducted Jan. 8, 2020.

Nigerian archbishop: Seminarian's killing shows government's security failure

Following the death of an 18-year-old seminarian in Nigeria at the hands of his kidnappers, the Archbishop of Lagos urged... Read more

Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi. Courtesy photo.

Kidnapped Nigerian seminarian has been killed

One of four Nigerian seminarians kidnapped last month has been killed, reportedly by his abductors. The three seminarians kidnapped along... Read more

Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

In a de-Christianized world, priests should be pillars of faith, Pope Francis says

Priests should strive after a strong relationship with Christ, beginning in seminary, in order to be the guides in faith... Read more

St Mary's Catherdral, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Via Shutterstock.

Australian bishop rejects calls to dismantle seminaries

A Catholic bishop in Australia has dismissed media reports that Church leaders are considering a radical overhaul of priestly formation.  Read more

Study: 6% of US seminarians have experienced sexual harassment, abuse or misconduct

A new study has found that six percent of U.S. seminarians have experienced some form of sexual harassment, abuse or... Read more

Jason Marshall, the seminarian who died when a charter bus crashed in the interstate outside Pueblo, Colo., June 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Seminarian who died in bus crash practiced laying down his life daily, friend says

After a bus crashed on its way back to New Mexico from a Catholic youth conference in Denver, reports have... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix. CNA file photo

With record number of seminarians, Phoenix diocese pledges support

With a record-high number of seminarians, the Diocese of Phoenix has dedicated more funds to support the formation of the... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the seminarians of the Diocese of Agrigento during their meeting in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, Nov. 24, 2018.

Pope Francis says priests, bishops should keep an open dialogue

In a meeting with seminarians Saturday, Pope Francis said it is necessary for priests to maintain an open and filial... Read more

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What is it like to be an underground Chinese seminarian?

Wang Jie (a fictional name) is a deacon belonging to the Chinese underground Church. He has spent several years studying... Read more