“The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His fields.” – Matthew 9:37-38

Seminary Life

Most people have very little idea of what seminary life is like, which can make it seem mysterious and, particularly for someone discerning the priesthood, a bit intimidating. But, in the words of Pope St. John Paul II, “Be not afraid!” 

In fact, seminary life is not scary. Rather, if it’s where the Lord is calling you it will be incredibly life-giving. 

Father, You call all who believe in You to grow perfect in love by following in the footsteps of Christ Your Son. May those whom You have chosen to serve You as religious provide by their way of life a convincing sign of Your kingdom for the Church and the whole world. Amen.

Who better to ask about life in the seminary than a few of the seminarians at The Pontifical College Josephinum. We recently had the opportunity to talk with them and asked them to share their favorite part of seminary life, and why. 

Daniel Colby

Seeing my brother seminarians grow in faith and rise to meet the challenges of their vocation has been an immensely satisfying part of my years here.

David England

My favorite part of the seminary is the incredible opportunity to grow in holiness. We have four chapels here in which we can pray at any time. Living in the same house as Jesus is a privilege denied to many and one which I often take for granted. But when I do take advantage of it, it is SO helpful. I know He is with me every day, whether I’m happy or stressed. He gives me purpose and perspective.

Michael Rhatican

My favorite part of seminary life is the ability to walk with amazing men who are also seeking the Lord’s will.

Joey Rolwing

Daily Mass and life with the boys. 

Branden Cullinan

My favorite part of the seminary is the directedness of the community. The ability to have my whole schedule, classes, and much of my social interaction tailored towards discerning God’s will is not something that I think would happen in my life outside of the seminary environment.

Jake Ascuncion 

The community holy hour we have on Friday afternoons because this is a time we all come together and pray in front of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament