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Statement of Mission

The mission of Saint Thomas Seminary is to form candidates for a variety of ministries in the Church today, training them in theological studies and forming them spiritually under the sponsorship and the authority of the Archbishop of Hartford.

History

Saint Thomas Seminary, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut, was established in 1897 by the Right Reverend Michael Tierney, the sixth Bishop of Hartford, for the purpose of training young men for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout the course of the last one hundred and twelve years, over 5000 students have passed through the halls of the Seminary, receiving academic as well as spiritual formation. Many of these alumni went on to become priests and they have served the Church well in a variety of capacities, some even attaining the rank of bishop. Many others have been active lay members of the Church and have assumed significant roles in the medical, legal, financial, and business world.

The goal of the Seminary since its founding has been the formation of candidates for ministry in the Church as priests, deacons and lay ministers and this remains its primary goal and purpose. With the restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order in the hierarchy of the Church in 1972, and with the rise in the numbers of lay men and women seeking to be involved in active ministry, the mission of the Seminary has broadened correspondingly. The Seminary seeks to form candidates for a variety of ministries in the Church today, training them in theological studies and forming them spiritually under the sponsorship and the authority of the Archbishop of Hartford It is anticipated that many of those who complete the program of study leading to a Certificate in Biblical or Religious Studies from Saint Thomas Seminary will use that training in service to the People of God in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Certificate Programs at Saint Thomas Seminary were initiated in 1999 to extend the mission of the Seminary. The Certificate in Religious Studies was accredited by the State of Connecticut, Department of Higher Education in 1999. A license was granted to the Seminary in September 2010 to offer a Certificate in Biblical Studies. The college-level certificate programs offered by the Seminary are geared very specifically toward formation for various forms of ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, although admission to the certificate programs is not limited to Roman Catholics. Saint Thomas Seminary offers these programs in response to the need for well-trained ministers in several areas of Church life, encompassing the priesthood, the diaconate, and the lay ministry. The Archdiocese of Hartford envisions the Seminary as an umbrella institution for ministerial formation. Thus, the certificate programs are applicable to those seeking priestly vocations, those preparing for diaconate ordination, and members of the laity seeking professional expertise as catechists and lay ministers. The potential student body may also include men and women who are interested in enriching and deepening their knowledge of the Catholic faith and the Catholic tradition.

The certificate programs at Saint Thomas Seminary make use of some excellent resources, namely a fine library, a well-trained and experienced faculty, and access to broad expertise in varied areas of Church life. The certificate programs at the Seminary operate under the authority of the Archbishop of Hartford. While there are programs of study in the field of religion leading to a bachelor’s degree available in several institutions of higher learning in the greater Hartford area, the certificates in religious and biblical studies offered at Saint Thomas Seminary are unique in their specific sponsorship by the Roman Catholic Church and their distinct orientation toward ministry.

Purposes and Objectives

In keeping with the mission of Saint Thomas Seminary to form candidates for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, the following purposes and objectives have been established:

  1. To prepare candidates seeking a vocation in the priesthood.

  2. To prepare candidates for diaconate ordination or for a variety of forms of pastoral ministry.

  3. To prepare individuals seeking deepened theological knowledge, both for personal spiritual enrichment and for preparation for lay ministry in the Church.

  4. To continue to work toward the vision of Saint Thomas Seminary as an umbrella institution for ministerial formation.

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An application and further information regarding the schedule for classes and fees may be obtained by contacting:

Chair of the Certificate in Biblical Studies
Phone: (860) 243-9465
Fax:  860-243-9690
Email:  catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org


Chair of the Certificate in Religious Studies
Phone: (860) 761-7447
Fax:  860-243-0661
Email: mhoran@orehartford.org

 

 

 

Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary • Archdiocese of Hartford
467 Bloomfield Ave. Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002
Phone:  860-242-5573 • Fax: 860-242-4886

 
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