Catholic Worship & Formation

Inviting and preparing men for the priesthood at our diocesan seminaries is the work of all Catholics throughout Northeast Ohio.


Congratulations to our six new priests, ordained on Saturday, May 20, 2023! Read more about their ordination HERE

Your prayerful and generous support enables the seminaries to continue the trend of increased enrollment and to maintain a program of priestly formation that is essential to the sacramental life of the Church.

Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology are very much like that house where the early disciples were seated awaiting the Spirit’s fire at Pentecost. The seminary is a “house of formation” where men open their hearts to the Lord’s Spirit to be formed on the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral level.  Our seminaries remain an important house for the Church of Northeast Ohio because here the men who live, pray and study prepare to learn how to speak the language of the Spirit that reaches into the hearts of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Did you know, in the Diocese of Cleveland...

There are 70 seminarians at Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries.

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology has been preparing men for the priesthood for 175 years.

During their final year, seminarians are ordained as transitional deacons and assigned to a parish on the weekends.

6 men were ordained into the priesthood to serve the Diocese of Cleveland on May 20, 2023.

Students enter the seminary at Borromeo and study through a collaborative experience with John Carroll University.

The Seminaries help to prepare Certified Pastoral Ministers; 275 are active in the Diocese of Cleveland.

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