St. Joseph's Seminary and College

Coordinates: 40°55′52″N 73°51′51″W / 40.93111°N 73.86417°W / 40.93111; -73.86417
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St. Joseph's Seminary and College
Established1896 (1896)
AffiliationRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Location, ,
40°55′52″N 73°51′51″W / 40.93111°N 73.86417°W / 40.93111; -73.86417
Campus entrance

St. Joseph's Seminary and College, sometimes referred to as Dunwoodie after the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers, New York in which it is located, is the major seminary of the Archdiocese of New York.[1] Its primary mission is to form men for the priesthood in the Catholic Church, whether in dioceses in the United States or abroad. The seminary also serves as the major seminary for the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who study alongside the diocesan seminarians, but live off campus at a friary in Yonkers.

St. Joseph's Seminary holds a reputation as one of the more prestigious and theologically orthodox Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States. As both a college and seminary, it has been accredited both through Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), respectively. It offers the degrees of Master of Divinity and S.T.B. Those who maintain an acceptable grade point average and fulfill other academic requirements are eligible for a Master of Arts.

The seminary is about 16 miles north of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in midtown Manhattan.


The Archdiocese of New York had operated seminaries at Fordham (once affiliated with what is now Fordham University) staffed by diocesan and, later, Jesuit priests, and then Troy.

In 1864 Archbishop McCloskey established St. Joseph's Provincial Seminary at Troy, New York, which trained priests for the Archdiocese until it was relocated to Dunwoodie in 1896.[2]

In 1896, under Archbishop Michael Corrigan, the seminary was transferred to Yonkers under the charge of the Sulpicians.[3] Originally it was staffed by Sulpicians and diocesan priests.

The Seminary hosted Pope John Paul II in 1995 and Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2008. They each led an afternoon prayer service and visited with the seminarians.

On April 4, 2019, the Seminary hosted the incorruptible heart relic of St. Jean Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. The relic was venerated by more than 2,000 people while it was at the seminary.

Intellectual life[edit]

In addition to offering the degrees of M.Div., S.T.B., and M.A., the seminary, through its various chairs, hosts visiting scholars throughout the academic year. Seminarians are given the opportunity to take part in interreligious discussions with students of non-Catholic seminaries of the metropolitan area. Each spring, the seminary publishes The Dunwoodie Review. Previously published at least annually and bi-annually from 1961 until 1974, the journal has been annually published since 1990 as a student-managed theological journal.

Seminary formation[edit]

The seminary's primary mission is to educate men studying for the priesthood. Besides four years of academic work, students are required to take part in charitable activities. Seminarians pray together three times a day, at Morning and Evening prayers and at Mass.

Seminary functions[edit]

The seminary's main building serves many other archdiocesan functions. Pre-Cana conferences for those preparing for the sacrament of Matrimony are hosted monthly. On campus is one of the archdiocesan tribunals and the studio of ITV for schools. Throughout the year, both days of prayer and days of further education are scheduled for the clergy of the archdiocese.

Beginning in August 2012, St. Joseph's Seminary has been the major seminary for the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.



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  1. ^ Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.294.
  2. ^ Gabriels, Henry (1905). Historical sketch of St. Joseph's provincial seminary, Troy, N. Y.
  3. ^ "Sulpicians in the United States", Catholic Encyclopedia


  • Shelley, Thomas J. Dunwoodie. Christian Classics Inc.: Westminster, Maryland, 1993.

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