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.


Vice Rector Appointed to Serve as Vatican Official

Oxley.pngHis Excellency, Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo, announced on October 8, 2015, that Reverend Walter “Tad” R. Oxley, a priest of the Toledo diocese and Vice Rector of the School of Theology at the Josephinum, has been appointed as an Official for the Doctrinal Section in the Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

 “We joyfully congratulate Father Oxley on this singular honor and recognition of his talents, which will now serve the Holy Father, the Holy See, and the Church Universal,” said Monsignor Christopher Schreck, Rector/President. “As a pontifical institution, specially dedicated to the service of the Successor of Peter, we can rejoice in no higher honor than for one of our own to be called to Rome to serve the Holy Father and his Petrine Ministry to the Church Universal even more directly. The honor redounds to all of us who serve the Josephinum and are served by the Josephinum in the work of priestly formation.”

Father Oxley’s appointment to serve in the Vatican is effective February 15, 2016. He will continue in his priestly ministry as vice rector through the end of the fall semester.