Theological College is the national seminary of The Catholic University of America, which is a pontifical university conferring both ecclesiastical degrees, accredited by the Holy See, and civil degrees.
Founded in 1917 as the Sulpician Seminary, Theological College was officially established by Vatican decree in 1937 as the seminary of The Catholic University of America. Today, in collaboration with the bishops of the United States and Catholic University’s Schools of Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law, we prepare future priests for a life of service to American parishes and dioceses.
We offer a balanced, holistic formation program, focusing on the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions of formation. Our men have the benefit of both internal and external advisement in relationships with a spiritual director and a formation advisor, respectively. This process, mandated in the 2016 version of Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, allows every seminarian to grow in faith and to be closely accompanied through his personal discernment process.
Theological College is made up of seminarians from more than 25 different dioceses throughout the United States, as well as student priests from China and Africa. The variety of backgrounds – of students and faculty alike – provides a richly diverse educational backdrop for growth and discernment in the Theological College community. In the words of one alumnus, “TC is a house with many different rooms, and the doors are always open.” TC is also exceptionally qualified to invite bishops to send newly ordained priests to Theological College for the additional year often needed to obtain the S.T.L. degree at Catholic University.