Mission, History, Heritage

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology

A Rich History and Heritage Rooted in Christ

Our mission is twofold: Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology of the Diocese of Cleveland prepares candidates for the Catholic priesthood while also serving as a center for advanced theological education. The Center for Pastoral Leadership, as a sign of the value we place on the universal call to ministry of all the baptized, comprises five formational and educational programs of the Diocese of Cleveland. Under the direction of the Council of Leaders, we strive to provide a setting for forming Christian men and women that authentically reflects the true collaborative nature of the whole Church and its ministries today (August 23, 1999).

Our Vision

Carrying on the Tradition of Priestly Formation

Building on its one hundred and seventy-five-year-old tradition of preparing men for the ordained priesthood, and responding to the contemporary needs of the Church, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology continues to form men for ordination to the Catholic priesthood so they may participate in the Church’s mission. As a partner in cooperation with the entities of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, we strive to collaborate in the formation of ministerial leaders. We accept the formation challenges of ongoing spiritual growth, and theological and ministerial development for the service of God and neighbor in the Catholic tradition. In the spirit of the Gospel, we provide educational opportunities and experiences for students to embrace the poor and disadvantaged with Christian peace, hope, and generosity within the local and global communities.

Our History and Heritage

The Cleveland Diocesan Seminary

The founding of Saint Mary Seminary nearly coincides with the founding of the Diocese of Cleveland, dating back to the consecration of the first Bishop of Cleveland—Bishop Amadeus Rappe—on October 10, 1847. Learn how Saint Mary Seminary became what it is today.

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About the Seminary Coat of Arms

Discover the Significance

The Arms of Saint Mary Seminary are quartered with the basic colors and quarters of the Arms of Pope Pius IX, during whose pontificate the seminary was founded. Discover the meaning and significance of our coat of arms.