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.
Bishop Blase J. Cupich, former rector/president of the Pontifical College Josephinum and current Bishop of Spokane, has been named by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Chicago. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC on September 20, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Full Story
The Permanent Diaconate
Utilizing 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.