What is a seminary?

“The seminary is a community journeying towards priestly ministry. I have said something very important here: one does not become a priest on one’s own.” –Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Listed below are the seminaries to which we send the seminarians for the Diocese of Davenport. Click on the image to visit the seminary’s website.


Conception Seminary College, Conception, MO

Established in 1886, Conception Seminary College is one of the largest of the 40 Roman Catholic college seminaries in the nation and one of only 15 with a complete four-year academic curriculum. Conception strives today, as it did a century ago, to fulfill the needs of the Church through the formation of men answering the call to the ministerial priesthood.

Conception Seminarians: Osmin Melendez, Dominic Nguyen, Cameron Costello, Hugo Rodriguez. 



Mundelein Seminary, Chicago, IL

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary prepares candidates for the diocesan priesthood and provides initial, post-graduate or ongoing formation for priests and those who collaborate with them in ministry.

Mundelein Seminarians: Grant Colborn, Dane Dickinson, James Flattery, Isaac Doucette



Pontifical North American College, Rome

In 1884, the North American College was granted pontifical status placing it under the special patronage of the Apostolic See and the care of the Holy Father. The seminary community is currently composed of students sponsored by dioceses from across the United States and Australia who devote ­themselves to personal formation for priestly ministry.

North American College Seminarian:  Deacon Scott Foley








Sacred Heart, Hales Corners, WI

With approximately 183 students, Sacred Heart School of Theology is North America’s largest Catholic seminary focused on preparing men over 30 for priesthood. Sacred Heart’s expertise ensures a rich, rewarding and effective formation experience for older men, while rigorously following the Program of Priestly Formation.


Sacred Heart Seminarian: Deacon Terry Ball









St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN

The Saint Paul Seminary prepares men for ordination to the ministerial priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. By virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, these candidates are configured to Christ, the head and shepherd of the Church. They will pastor communities of the faithful through Word and Sacrament.


St. Paul Seminarians: Andrew Rauenbuehler, Dale Mallory, Ben Snyder