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St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, located in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, is the seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.[1] The seminary is accredited by both the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

It consists of three divisions: College, Theology, and Religious Studies. Potential candidates for the priesthood pursue a program which consists of a four-year liberal arts curriculum followed by a four-year curriculum within the professional school of theology. The seminary offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts. The current rector is Monsignor Joseph G. Prior.



St. Charles Borromeo Seminary was founded in 1832 by Bishop Francis Kenrick, the third Bishop of Philadelphia. The seminary was initially located at the home of Bishop Kenrick on Fifth Street in Philadelphia. In 1838, it was chartered to grant academic degrees. Circumstances required the subsequent relocation of the seminary to the northwest corner of Fifth and Prune Streets, then to Saint Mary's Rectory on Fourth Street, and eventually to the southeast corner of Eighteenth and Race Streets in Philadelphia before moving, in 1871, to its present home in Overbrook.

For an eleven-year period the preparatory division of the seminary was located at Glen Riddle in Delaware County. The preparatory program consisted at that time of what is equivalent to today's last two years of high school and four years of college. The high school program was discontinued in 1968.

St. Charles has been described as "a bastion of conservative Catholicism in the United States."[2]

Episcopal alumni (those who would become bishops)


  1. ^ Colleges in the Middle Atlantic States 2009 (24 ed.). Peterson's. ISBN 076892555X.  
  2. ^ Violette, Lawrence (1999-09). "Reverence Grows at St. Charles Borromeo, Even "Among the Dandelions"". Adoremus Bulletin.  

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Coordinates: 39°59′31″N 75°15′22″W / 39.992°N 75.256°W / 39.992; -75.256



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