Saint John Vianney College Seminary (SJV)

The Saint John Vianney College Seminary (SJV) at the University of St. Thomas is a four-year college seminary whose mission is to provide essential training for tomorrow’s Catholic priests. It is the largest college seminary in the United States, with over 400 of its alumni serving as ordained priests.

Saint John Vianney seminarians receive an outstanding foundation in Philosophy and Theology. A four-year program of spiritual conferences and individual spiritual direction help them grow strong in their Catholic faith and vocational discernment. These elements are combined with the educational resources of the University of Saint Thomas, allowing Saint John Vianney seminarians to receive a full college and seminary experience. 

The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation funds the room and board expense for all men from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis studying at SJV each year. In the 2017/2018 academic school year, 28 men are studying at SJV from our Archdiocese.

2018 CSAF Goal Amount: $300,000

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For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.