List of Roman Catholic seminaries

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

Africa[edit]

Congo, Democratic Republic of[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Nigeria[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 JohnPaul 11 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

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

Uganda[edit]

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

  • St. Mbaaga Gaba National, St. Mary's Gaba National
  • St.Thomas Aquinas Katigondo National Seminary
  • Alokulum National Seminary,
  • Kinyamasika National Seminary

Minor and Junior Seminaries

Americas[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Argentina has 32 major seminaries.

Bolivia[edit]

  • Seminario Mayor San luis, Cochabamba.

Brazil[edit]

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

Aparecida

Belém do Pará

Belo Horizonte

Brasília

Campinas

Cascavel

Curitiba

Fortaleza

Goiânia

Mariana

Natal

Niteroi

Nova Friburgo

Olinda e Recife

Porto Alegre

São Paulo

São Salvador da Bahia

São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro

Vitória

Canada[edit]

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario

Quebec

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Colombia has 50 major seminaries.

Cuba[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Mexico[edit]

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

Acapulco

Antequera, Oaxaca

Chihuahua

Durango

Guadalajara

Hermosillo

Jalapa

México

Monterrey

Morelia

Puebla de los Angeles

San Luis Potosí

Tlalnepantla

Yucatán

Paraguay[edit]

  • Seminario Mayor Nacional del Paraguay,[4] Asuncion

Peru[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

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.

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Florida

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Uruguay[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Asia/Pacific[edit]

Australia[edit]

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Queensland

South Australia

  • St Francis Xavier Seminary, Adelaide - closed 2001.

Victoria and Tasmania

Western Australia

Other

Bangladesh[edit]

Dhaka

China[edit]

Hong Kong

Macau

East Timor[edit]

Fiji[edit]

  • Pacific Regional Seminary of St Peter Chanel,[11] Suva (founded 1962)

Guam[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Israel and Palestinian Territories[edit]

Japan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Singapore[edit]

  • St Francis Xavier Major Seminary,[15] - 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.

  • College of Theology, Catholic University of Korea - founded in 1855, currently located on the Songsin campus of Seoul; 'Songsin' means Holy Spirit in Korean.
  • Department of Theology, Gwangju Catholic University,[16] - founded in 1962, second oldest in Korea
  • College of Theology, Catholic University of Daegu[17] - founded by the Archdiocese of Daegu
  • Department of Theology, Catholic University of Busan[18] - also running the College of Nursing
  • Department of Theology, Daejeon Catholic University[19]
  • Department of Theology, Incheon Catholic University[20] - founded in 1995, also running the College of Religious Arts
  • Department of Theology, Suwon Catholic University[21] - founded in 1982

Vietnam[edit]

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

And some minor seminaries:

Europe[edit]

Albania[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

France[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province

Under the Holy See

Germany[edit]

By main Ecclesiastical Provinces:

Berlin

Cologne

Freiburg im Breisgau

Hamburg

Munich und Freising

Paderborn

Other

Hungary[edit]

Ireland[edit]

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.[39]
  • St Anthony's College, Newcastle, Galway. Former Franciscan seminary, buildings now used by NUI Galway.
  • Belmont House, Stillorgan, Dublin. Novitiate of the Oblates, originally founded near Glenmary, near Delgany in Co. Wicklow, moved in 1863.
  • Belcamp Hall, Raheny, was the juniorate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
  • Moyne Park, Abbeyknocknoy, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway, in 1909 opened as a Camillian hospice,[40][41][42] a seminary for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in 1936,[43][44] closed in the early 1970s.[45] was the home of Declan Ganley,[46] Donovan and George MacBeth until his death in 1992.[47]
  • Dalgan House, Shrule, Co. Mayo.[48] Built in 1801, and bought by the Duke of Bedford in 1853, it was a seminary for the Columbans in 1918 until 1941.[49] It is now demolished.
  • St Columbans College, Dalgan Park, Navan, was the seminary of the Columbans after 1941.[49][50]
  • St Patrick's, Donamon Castle, Co. Roscommon. Novitiate of the Divine Word Missionaries, opened 1939, closed in 1980.[51][52]
  • Kilshane, Co. Tipperary. Novitiate of Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritians),[53] was purchased in August 1933 and opened as a Novitiate for both clerics and brothers.[54]
  • Kimmage Manor, Co. Dublin. Formation house of the Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritians) for those going on to Kilshane.[55]
  • 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.[56][57]
  • 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 novititate and closed in 1924.[58]
  • 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.[59][60]
  • 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.[61]
  • Dromantine House, Newry Co. Down, was a seminary of the Society of the African Missions from 1926 until 1972.[62]
  • 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.[63]
  • Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, in 1930, had a Discalced Carmelite juniorate. It closed in 1996 and is now a hotel.[64]
  • Loughrea, Co. Galway, contained a novitiate of the De La Salle Brothers, which was active into the 1980s.[63]
  • Faithlegg House, Co. Waterford. In 1935, it was sold to the De La Salle religious institute by the Power family. It was a novitiate until the 1980s.[65] It is now Faithlegg House Hotel.[66]
  • St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, Tullamore. This was the novitiate of the Jesuits in Ireland until the move to Emo Court in 1930.[67]
  • 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.[68]
  • 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.

Italy[edit]

The list includes some seminaries by principal Ecclesiastical Provinces.

Benevento

Catania

Florence

Genoa

Lecce

Messina

Milan

Naples

Pisa

Rome

Salerno-Campagna-Acerno

Taranto

Torino

Venice

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Romania[edit]

Russia[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Slovakia has 5 seminaries with 240 students in 2010.

Slovenia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Spain has 77 seminaries.

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

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

England

Closed:

Scotland

Wales

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

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