List of Catholic seminaries

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This is a list of Catholic seminaries in the world, including those that have been closed. According to the 2012 Pontifical Yearbook, the total number of candidates for the priesthood in the world was 118,990 at the end of the year 2010. These students were in 6,974 seminaries around the world: 3,194 diocesan seminaries and 3,780 religious seminaries.




Congo, Democratic Republic of[edit]




  • St. John Vianney Seminary, Barkin Ladi - Established in January 1958 by the late Right Rev. Dr. John Reddington for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jos.
  • Seat of Wisdom Seminary - Established in 1982; for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri
  • Seat of Wisdom Seminary (philosophy Campus), Ariam-Umuahia
  • Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu - A provincial seminary for the Onitsha ecclesiastical province, established in 1950.
  • St Albert the Great Idowu Ofonron Abeokuta, Ogun State
  • St Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene
  • St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi
  • Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Awka
  • SS Peter and Paul, Bodija, Ibadan
  • All Saints Seminary, Ekpoma
  • Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna
  • Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede
  • Spiritan International school of Theology, Attakwu
  • Spiritan Institute of Philosophy, Isienu
  • St Augustine Seminary, Jos
  • Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha
  • The National Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Gwagwalada Abuja

South Africa[edit]

  • St John Vianney Seminary - Pretoria (National Seminary)
  • St Francis Xavier Orientation Year Seminary (Cape Town)
  • Redemptoris Mater Seminary for training priests of the Neo-Catechumenal Way (Cape Town)
  • St Joseph's Theological Institute
  • St Philip Neri collegium (Preparatory year seminary)



There are several Seminaries in Uganda divided into three; Junior, Minor and Major seminaries.

Major seminaries

  • St. Mbaaga's Major Seminary, Ggaba (Philosophy and Theology)
  • St. Mary's National Seminary, Ggaba (Theology)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas National Seminary, Katigondo (Philosophy)
  • Uganda Martyrs National Major Seminary, Alokolum (Philosophy)
  • St. Paul's National Seminary, Kinyamasika (Theology)

Minor and Junior Seminaries



Argentina has 32 major seminaries.


  • Seminario Mayor San luis, Cochabamba.


By the 'Organización de Seminarios Latinoamericanos' (OSLAM), there are 429 seminaries in Brazil. The following list is by leading Ecclesiastical Provinces.


Belém do Pará

Belo Horizonte











Nova Friburgo

Olinda e Recife

Porto Alegre

São Paulo

São Salvador da Bahia

São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro




British Columbia






Colombia has 50 major seminaries.


Dominican Republic[edit]



There are 66 seminaries in Mexico. This list is by main Ecclesiastical Provinces.


Antequera, Oaxaca









Puebla de los Angeles

San Luis Potosí




  • Seminario Mayor Nacional del Paraguay,[7] Asuncion


Puerto Rico[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

  • Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and the Ugandan Martyrs in Tunapuna, Trinidad - founded in 1943, became a regional seminary for the Antilles Episcopal Conference in 1970. Jamaican seminarians formerly at St. Michael's Theological College were moved to Trinidad in 1996.[8][9]

United States[edit]

According to the 2010 Official Catholic Directory, as of 2009 there are 189 seminaries with 5,131 students in the United States; 3,319 diocesan seminarians and 1,812 religious seminarians. By the official 2011 statistics, there are 5,247 seminarians (3,394 diocesan and 1,853 religious) in the United States.




District of Columbia













New Jersey

New York

North Carolina




Rhode Island








New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory


South Australia

  • St Francis Xavier Seminary, Adelaide - closed 2001.

Victoria and Tasmania

Western Australia




Hong Kong


East Timor[edit]





Israel and Palestinian Territories[edit]




New Zealand[edit]



Solomon Islands[edit]

  • Holy Name of Mary Seminary, Tenaru, Guadalcanal Province. Inter-diocesan seminary founded in 1995.[18]


  • St Francis Xavier Major Seminary,[19] - founded in 1983

South Korea[edit]

At the end of the year 2011, there are 7 major seminaries in Korea; and the number of seminarians in these seven seminaries is 1,587 — from diocesan 1,317, religious & missionary 270.


There are numerous minor seminaries and one major seminary:


There are 8 major seminaries with 1,480 students in Vietnam.

And some minor seminaries:






No longer trains seminarians:

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]


Czech Republic[edit]




By main Ecclesiastical Provinces:



Freiburg im Breisgau


Munich und Freising





The Catholic Church in Ireland encompasses the entire island of Ireland, including the distinct political entities the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are two active diocesan seminaries in Ireland:

The remaining diocesan seminaries are closed:

Religious congregations also had houses of formation in Ireland:

  • Franciscan Novitiate, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Built in 1860, students were then sent to St. Anthony's in Galway.[66]
  • St Anthony's College, Newcastle, Galway. Former Franciscan seminary, buildings now used by NUI Galway.
  • Belmont House, Stillorgan, Dublin. Novitiate of the Oblates, founded near Glenmary, near Delgany in Co. Wicklow, moved in 1863.
  • Belcamp Hall, Raheny, was the juniorate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
  • Bessborough House Oblates Our Lady's Scholasticate in Piltown Co. Kilkenny, from 1941 to 1971. Building now used as Kildalton Agricultural College.[67]
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Cahermoyle, Ardagh, Co. Limerick, Oblate junior novitiate
  • Moyne Park, Abbeyknocknoy, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway, in 1909 opened as a Camillian hospice,[68][69][70] a seminary for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1936,[71][72] closed in the early 1970s.[73] was the home of Declan Ganley,[74] Donovan and George MacBeth until his death in 1992.[citation needed]
  • Dalgan House, Shrule, Co. Mayo.[75] Built in 1801, and bought by the Duke of Bedford in 1853, it was a seminary for the Columbans in 1918 until 1941.[76] It is now demolished.
  • St Columbans College, Dalgan Park, Navan, was the seminary of the Columbans after 1941.[76][77]
  • St Patrick's, Donamon Castle, County Roscommon. Novitiate of the Divine Word Missionaries, opened 1939, closed in 1980.[78][79]
  • Kilshane, County Tipperary. Novitiate of Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritians),[80] was purchased in August 1933 and opened as a Novitiate for both clerics and brothers.[81]
  • Holy Ghost Missionary College, Kimmage Manor, Dublin. Formation house of the Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritians) for those going on to Kilshane.[82]
  • Legion of Christ Novitiate, Leopardstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin. In April 1960, it opened in Bundoran, County Donegal. On 3 June 1962, it moved to Hazelbrook House, Malahide, to Foxrock in 1968 and closed in September 2011.[83][84]
  • Kinury, near Westport, Co. Mayo, was given to the Society of African Missions (SMA) in 1914 by Miss Sofia Crotty. It was used as a novitiate and closed in 1924.[85]
  • Cloghballymore House, Ballinderreen, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, was a tower house, then a country estate. In 1906, Count Llewellyn Blake owned it and gave it to the Society of the African Missions and was their novitiate from 1924 until the mid 1970s. Since 1981, it has been a nursing home.[86][87]
  • Ballinafad Minor Seminary was also given by Count Llewellyn Blake to the Society of the African Missions, operated until 1975 and was linked to Cloghballymore House.
  • St Joseph's Seminary, Blackrock Rd, Cork. The original seminary of the Society of the African Missions, later transferred to Dromantine House.[88]
  • Dromantine House, Newry Co. Down, was a seminary of the Society of the African Missions from 1926 until 1972.[89]
  • St Augustine's College (Loughan House), Blacklion, Co. Cavan. Novitiate of the White Fathers from September 1955 and closed in 1970.
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Marino, Dublin. Teacher Training Centre of the Irish Christian Brothers.
  • St. Helen's, Booterstown, Dublin. Headquarters and novitiate of the Irish Christian Brothers, 1925 until 1988. Now a hotel.
  • The Abbey, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Since 1645, it had a community of Discalced Carmelites, and trained novices since 1664. In 1882, a new novitiate was constructed, and extended in 1934. The novitiate is closed, but a community remains.[90]
  • Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, in 1930, had a Discalced Carmelite juniorate. It closed in 1996 and is now a hotel.[91]
  • Loughrea, Co. Galway, contained a novitiate of the De La Salle Brothers, which was active into the 1980s.[90]
  • Faithlegg House, County Waterford. In 1935, it was sold to the De La Salle religious institute by the Power family. It was a novitiate until the 1980s.[92] It is now Faithlegg House Hotel.[93]
  • St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, Tullamore. This was the novitiate of the Jesuits in Ireland until the move to Emo Court in 1930.[94]
  • St Mary's, Emo Court. Novitiate for the Society of Jesus in Ireland from 1930 to 1969.
  • Manresa House, Dollymount, Dublin. After Emo Court, it was novitiate of the Irish Jesuits from 1969 to 1991. It now has the English-speaking Tertianship for Europe.
  • Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy formed out of the Jesuit Theology Faculty, with the National University of Ireland validating its academic programmes.
  • St Patrick's, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway. Established on 18 August 1901 and until 1936 it was the Redemptorist Irish Province major seminary. From 1948 until 1969 it was the novitiate. In 1971, it became a retreat house.
  • Cluain Mhuire, Galway, was a Redemptorist seminary, closed in the 1970s.[95] It is now the GMIT Art College.
  • Pallotine College Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Founded by the Pallotines in 1907, from 1909 to 1986 priests from the college would have studied at the nearby St. Patrick's College, Thurles.
  • St Gabriel's, The Graan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Novitiate of the Passionists, 1909–1976, is now a nursing home, although a community of Passionists remain onsite.
  • Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, Co. Down, (formerly Crossgar House). From 1950 until 1976, was the Passionist Juniorate, then a novitiate and as of February 2010, it is a Retreat and Conference Centre.
  • St Paul's Retreat, Mount Argus, Dublin, was the Irish Passionist headquarters, and provided the final two years of formation for Passionist seminarians.
  • Tanagh, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Former Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary novitiate and seminary, now an outdoor education centre, and religious community remain.[citation needed]
  • Mount St Marys, Milltown, Dublin. Seminary of the Marist Fathers. The site is now a Montessori College and the Irish Marist administrative headquarters.
  • Orlagh, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin. Opened as a novitiate for the Augustinians, it remained a student house until the late 1980s, when it became a retreat centre and closed in 2016[96]
  • Carmelite Friary Kinsale Co. Cork. Became a novitiate for the Irish Province of the Carmelites in 1917, moving to the existing Friary from Dublin in 1917. In 2003, due to dwindling numbers of novices, it was re-purposed as a Retreat and Spirituality Centre.[97]
  • Colaiste Chiarain, a Christian Brothers Novitiate, was at Rathmicheal in south Dublin.[98]
  • Carmelite Centre, Gort Mhuire, Ballinteer, Co. Dublin, Ireland. From 1949, Gort Mhuire was the novitiate for the order and the theologate for the Carmelites, in 1968 Carmelites began studying theology in Milltown Park as the Institute was being set up there.[99] Now the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland is based here.
  • St. Joseph's, Blackrock, was the seminary for the Vincentians, was founded in 1930, St. Kevins, House of Studies/Seminary, Glenart, Arklow, operated from 1948 to 1968, when students were transferred back to Blackrock in 1977, until the setting up of DePaul House, Celbridge operated from 1977 to 1988.
  • Myross Woods, Leap, Co Cork was the novitate of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Converted to a retreat centre in the 1970s, it closed in 2021.[100]


The list includes some seminaries by principal Ecclesiastical Provinces.



















Many serve as residences for courses that take place elsewhere:










Spain has 77 seminaries.



United Kingdom[edit]

The current active major seminaries of the United Kingdom are in England.



  • St Mary's College, Aberystwyth, originally in Holywell, moved to Aberystwyth in 1936, closed in 1970, for Welsh-speaking training, run by the Carmelites

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