You hear and see it everywhere: The world’s moral compass is crumbling. The Church is shrinking. And there’s nothing you can do about it.


The Saint Paul Seminary forms over 1,000 future priests, deacons and lay leaders each year. These men and women go on to serve as pastors, Church leaders and witnesses in their families and workplaces.

So Catholic communities, like yours, can thrive. Yes, even today. Especially today.


The Church on fire
with the Holy Spirit,
a world transformed in Jesus Christ.


To provide integrated, Catholic formation for those called to serve as priests, deacons or lay leaders in their local Church.



Laymen and Women

^A thriving Church requires all three.

From railroad magnate's gift to regional formation hub

Archbishop John Ireland founded what would become The Saint Paul Seminary over 100 years ago -- with the support of Minnesota millionaire James J. Hill, who funded the project in honor of his wife, Mary Mehegan Hill.

hill family in front of the saint paul seminary



Permanent Deacon Candidates

Future priests, deacons and lay leaders in formation

Notable Alumni

father mike schmitz
Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension
fulton sheen saint paul seminary alumni
Bishop Fulton Sheen, TV and radio host
about saint paul seminary bishops
37 Catholic bishops

Bishops Who Send to Saint Paul

bishop robert barron
Bishop Robert Barron, Winona-Rochester, Word on Fire Ministries
archbishop bernard hebda about the saint paul seminary
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, St. Paul & Minneapolis
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Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Crookston

Core values

  • Charity: Faithful to Christ’s new commandment, we seek first the good of the other.
  • Truth: As the human heart and mind are ordered toward truth, we seek to be honest in both deeds and words.
  • Fidelity: We joyfully profess the truths of the Catholic faith and embrace her disciplines as authentically interpreted by the Church’s magisterium.
  • Zeal: We are passionate about our mission and eager to form clergy and lay leaders.
  • Authentically human: Grateful for creation and our humanity, we desire the fullness of life and joy.
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father joseph taphorn rector saint paul seminary

Fr. Joseph Taphorn
Rector and Vice President

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Since 1894, The Saint Paul Seminary has formed men into priests of Jesus Christ. Today, we continue that legacy through providing a rich culture of formation where we form joyful, Catholic priests, deacons and lay leaders who are prepared to lead and serve God’s people.

I welcome those who feel called to the priesthood, diaconate or lay leadership to discover all that we have to offer here and to respond with generous faith to the Lord’s call. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the vital mission of forming leaders to share in Christ's mission of salvation.

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