Our Seminaries

The Archdiocese of Boston is blessed with three distinct seminaries, each in their own way serving the needs of the men who attend.  These seminary formation programs are designed to assist the seminarians in their discernment and preparation for the priesthood.

Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, located in Weston, Massachusetts, is a Roman Catholic professional and graduate theological institution dedicated uniquely to the preparation of seminarians 30 years of age and older responding to a call to priestly ministry.  Their program fosters the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of its seminarians, with respectfulness and utilization of the life experiences and accomplishments of their mature seminarians, as they are prepared for priestly ministry.  The Archdiocese of Boston is blessed to have several men in formation at Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary, which provides both Pre-Theology and Theology programs and boasts of more than 50 graduates from its robust program since its creation in 1964. To learn more about discernment and the formation program at Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary, click here.

Saint John Seminary

Saint John’s Seminary, located in Brighton, Massachusetts, prepares Roman Catholic seminarians for ordination to the priesthood through programs of human, pastoral, spiritual and academic formation. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by the Archbishop of Boston and observes the applicable norms of the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in defining and realizing its mission. While primarily in service to the bishops of New England, Saint John’s Seminary also enrolls seminarians from other (arch)dioceses, institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life in its several degree programs.  The seminary’s Theological Institute for the New Evangelization prepares laity, deacons and religious for ministry and service to the dioceses of the region. Currently the Archdiocese of Boston has more than 35 men in formation at St. John Seminary, which houses both a Pre-Theology and Theology program. To learn more about discernment and the formation program at Saint John Seminary, click here.

Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary

Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, located in Brookline, Massachusetts, prepares seminarians, who are part of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, for ordination to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston. Seminarians come both from the US and other countries and they all receive a diocesan-missionary formation in response to the call for a “new evangelization” of the Church. Before ordination, all seminarians spend three years in the mission field, acquiring “the smell of the sheep” and the spirit of the Good Shepherd who looks for the “lost sheep”.  To learn more about discernment and the formation program at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, click here.