The seminary is the place where a man is formed mind, body, and soul into the image of Jesus Christ.
In order to become Catholic priest, a man must fulfill three basic requirements: a college degree, 2 years of Philosophy study, and 4 years of Theology study. Some men enter seminary while still in college and so they attend College Seminary. Once they get a degree, they can transfer to Major Seminary. The Diocese of Gary currently sends our seminarians to Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis, Mundelein Seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Illinois, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minnesota.
Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary
The Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary was established by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in August 2004 to prepare college seminarians for major seminary. The campus is located in one mile south of Marian University. All seminarians live together and participate as a community in an ongoing formation program centered upon daily celebration of the Eucharist and praying the Liturgy of the Hours each day as a seminary community. The program of formation also includes weekly formation conferences, opportunities to participate in eucharistic adoration three times per week, an annual retreat, ministry opportunities, individual spiritual direction, days of recollection, and a wide range of other activities offered to enhance the human, spiritual, and cultural formation of University men discerning a priestly vocation.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHMS) is a Roman Catholic college seminary located amidst the natural beauty of the peaceful Mississippi river town of Winona, Minnesota. Building upon the rich two thousand year history of the Catholic Church and its Program of Priestly Formation, IHMS in conjunction with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, progressively delivers first-class spiritual and academic resources. This program ingrains an outstanding foundation of prayer, Philosophy and Theology in our men.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Sacred Heart Major Seminary prepares candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit and for dioceses nationally and internationally. Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a leading center of the New Evangelization forming priests, deacons and lay ministers who are prepared to bring the truth of the Gospel to an increasingly secularized world.
St. Francis de Sales Seminary
St. Francis, Wisconsin
For over 170 years, Saint Francis de Sales Seminary has formed the minds, hearts and souls of men discerning their call to the Catholic priesthood. Today, the seminary blends its rich history with new vigor in a priestly formation model designed for the realities of the 21st century. The Seminary prepares men of all ages and backgrounds—college students, college graduates and professionals, from the United States and around the globe—for a lifetime of ministry as Catholic priests.