Preparing Priests to Serve the Church Since 1888

The Pontifical College Josephinum was established more than 125 years ago to help prepare men for the priesthood. As a pontifical institution, the Josephinum serves dioceses and religious communities in the United States and the Church abroad. Although it has direct ties with the Holy See, the Josephinum is self-supporting and receives no financial support from Rome, nor is it dependent on any one diocese or religious community. The seminary is largely sustained by the generosity and prayerful support of loyal alumni and friends.

Since its founding in 1888, more than 1,900 Catholic priests have received their training at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Ordained alumni serve the People of God in 48 States and more than 20 foreign countries.

The Permanent Diaconate

Deacon_Elevation_600_450.jpgUtilizing the advances of technology, the Josephinum's Distance Learning Program for the Diaconate offers continuing education opportunities to permanent deacons throughout North America and the world.

Locally, the Josephinum offers courses to Deacon Inquirers, to assist them in fulfilling the prerequisites a candidate to the diocesan diaconate program must complete before he begins the aspirancy year.


Third Party Comments for Accreditation Evaluation

The Pontifical College Josephinum is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit September 14-15, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Pontifical College Josephinum has been accredited by the Commission since 1976. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:

Public Comment on The Pontifical College Josephinum
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by September 7, 2015.