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Pilot who offered women flights to abortion-friendly states fired from job teaching at Catholic seminary

Apr 24, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A professor at a Catholic seminary in Louisiana lost his job after it was discovered that he had gone on... Read more

The three seminarians (C) who were released Oct. 13, 2021 by their captors, between Fr. Emmanuel Faweh Kazah, rector of the St Albert Institute, and Fr Jonah Yabanad Stephen, rector of Christ the King Major Seminary.

Abducted Nigerian seminarians released

Oct 13, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

The three seminarians who were abducted Monday night from their seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna state have been released, the chancellor... Read more

The entrance to Christ the King Major Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Nigeria, whence three seminarians were abducted Oct. 11, 2021.

Three seminarians abducted in Nigeria

Oct 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Three seminarians were abducted Monday night from their seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna state. Another six were injured during the attack,... Read more

New Catholic priests voice satisfaction in priestly life, but minority report 'troubling' adversity

Nov 24, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A survey of recently ordained Catholic priests reports that the great majority find great satisfaction in their work celebrating sacraments... Read more

Charlotte Diocese opens new seminary to serve growing Catholic population

Sep 16, 2020

As the number of Catholics in the Diocese of Charlotte continues to rise, Bishop Peter Jugis opened a new seminary... Read more

Gaelic script on the gates of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, Italy.

Rome’s Irish College will not receive Irish seminarians next academic year

Jun 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The trustees of the Pontifical Irish College decided last week that the national seminary in Rome will no longer host... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Accompaniment central to priestly formation in Cuba, spiritual director says

Feb 26, 2020

Accompaniment for seminarians is critical in Cuba, a priest has said, reflecting that Cubans are “a tired people, a people... Read more

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

Three of four abducted Nigerian seminarians have been released

Jan 31, 2020

Three of the seminarians kidnapped earlier this month in northwestern Nigeria have been released safely by their captors, an official... Read more

Seminarians abducted from Nigeria's Good Shepherd Major Seminary.

1 of 4 kidnapped Nigerian seminarians released after suffering serious injuries

Jan 20, 2020

A Nigerian seminarian who was abducted this month was freed by his kidnappers after 10 days in captivity. Three seminarians... Read more

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

Four seminarians abducted in Nigeria

Jan 13, 2020

Four seminarians, between the ages of 18 and 23, were abducted Wednesday night from their seminary in Kaduna, in northwestern... Read more


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

Dec 31, 2019

By Michelle McDaniel

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

Bishops at the 2019 USCCB fall assembly in Baltimore.

US bishops approve updated seminary program, Hispanic ministry efforts

Nov 12, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference on Tuesday passed several action items, including an update of seminary formation and an effort... Read more

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

Sep 23, 2019

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

Raphael's The School of Athens (1511)

Why do priests study philosophy?

Jul 26, 2019

Philosophy does not teach its students the Bible. It does not teach one how to minister to a congregation. It... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix.

Bishop Olmsted finds roots of abuse scandal in poor priestly formation

Feb 28, 2019

In face of the sex abuse scandals in the Church, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix issued a column this month... Read more

How seminaries help men discern the call to chaste celibacy

Aug 26, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

When seminaries aim to form Catholic men to live a chaste, celibate life, it’s a matter of both the right... Read more

President's Hall, Seton Hall University.

Seton Hall announces ‘independent review’ of seminary accusations

Aug 23, 2018

By Ed Condon

Seton Hall University has announced an independent review of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment against seminarians. The university is... Read more

New priests are clothed with chasubles during their ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Encouragement a strong factor in priesthood discernment, study finds

Apr 21, 2018

A strong majority of the 430 men who are about to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the United... Read more

Father James Martin, S.J., speaks at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin on August 23, 2018.

Fr. James Martin disinvited from speaking engagement over protests

Sep 16, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor at America magazine, has been disinvited from speaking at the Theological College, a seminary... Read more

Seminarians of the Cardiff archdiocese enjoying a pint at The City Arms.

Welsh seminarians mistaken for bachelor party nearly kicked out of pub

Aug 1, 2017

Seven seminarians walk into a bar … and almost get kicked out.  Read more