Seminarian Formation

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The Office of Seminarian formation works in conjunction with the Office of Vocation Promotion and the Bishop’s Office to ensure that men studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Syracuse are adequately equipped and formed to be faithful, holy priests.

The Office of Seminarian Formation serves a liaison between the Diocese of Syracuse and the seminarians and various seminaries used by the diocese to educate men for the priesthood. The diocese, working with the various seminaries, follows the Program for Priestly Formation (PPF) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, helping the seminarian to be formed by way of the “four pillars of priestly formation”(from Pastores Dabo Vobis – I Will Give You Shepherds – St. John Paul II, 1995) – Human, Intellectual, Pastoral, and Spiritual formation. 

Currently, the Diocese of Syracuse uses the following seminaries to form men for the priesthood:

College Seminary

  • Cathedral Seminary House of Formation at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, New York: seminarians live at this house of formation and attend St. John’s University or Fordham University for classes

Major Seminary

Seminarian Review Committee

The role of the Seminarian Review Committee is to work with the Director of Seminarian Formation to review prospective candidates for the priesthood and those already in formation for the priesthood. The committee is made up of the Bishop, priests, a religious sister, and a lay woman. All bring a unique perspective as to how the seminarian can grow, not only in his formation for the priesthood, but in his relationship with the Diocesan Church.

To learn more about our seminarians of for anyone considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, please visit

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