Saint Joseph College Seminary

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Saint Joseph College Seminary
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1120 W Loyola Ave

United States
School typeCollege Seminary
DenominationRoman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint Joseph
Established1964 (as Saint Mary's College)
FounderJohn Cody
OversightArchdiocese of Chicago
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Navy Blue

Saint Joseph College Seminary is a college of Loyola University Chicago and the college seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. In January 2019, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese announced that the seminary will close in June 2019.[1]

Saint Joseph College Seminary opened as Saint Mary's College in Niles, Illinois in 1964 and became known as the Niles College Seminary.

In 1994, the Niles campus was sold and the seminary moved to Loyola University where the seminary was renamed St. Joseph College Seminary in honor of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.[2]

In the Archdiocesan Chicago Seminary system, Saint Joseph College Seminary trains college-aged men for the Catholic priesthood. The Archdiocese of Chicago Seminary System also includes the Archbishop Quigley Scholars Program, an outreach program for high school students[3], and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake incorporating the Cardinal Mundelein Seminary, a major seminary for graduate-level theology studies.


  1. ^ "Board members say Chicago seminary closure lacks transparency". Catholic News Agency. March 14, 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ Ahern, Mary Ann (March 12, 2019). "Scathing Letter Sent to Cupich From Seminary Advisory Board". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
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Coordinates: 42°0′6.5″N 87°39′34.3″W / 42.001806°N 87.659528°W / 42.001806; -87.659528