Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Formation concerns the continuing conversion of heart, mind and soul in a man that will enable him to carry on an effective ministry, in service of God and His people, in the ordained priesthood of Jesus Christ.

A Unique Approach

Since 1861, Immaculate Conception Seminary has offered men preparing for the priesthood the personal, academic, ministerial and spiritual formation essential for conversion to Jesus Christ -- in an environment with all the theological and academic resources that a University has to offer.


Classes are offered on Seton Hall's South Orange campus. Seminarians also live in community in Lewis Hall.

Who Should Apply?

Men seeking to discern God's calling in their lives toward ordination to the priesthood within the Roman Catholic Church should apply to this program.

The Program

The Priestly Formation Program is centered around the Four Pillars of Priestly Formation. Formation is developed through four aspects: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. Each seminarian is formed and prepared for the priesthood via coursework and study, field education, spiritual direction, retreats, workshops and living in community with one another. The program fulfills all the requirements of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition, 2005). Students meeting the requirements of this program automatically fulfill the requirements of the M.Div. program.

ESL Tutoring Program

In response to the increasing number of seminarians who enter Immaculate Conception Seminary from countries in which English is not their first language, the Seminary instituted an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program in 2008. The program is currently headed by Chandler S. Cohen, Coordinator of ESL Services, effective July 2014. Her primary responsibility is to assist seminarians in upgrading their English skills so that they can benefit more fully from the academic Theology courses offered by the Seminary. Learn more »

Career Advancement

The formation process culminates with ordination to the priesthood.

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