Preparing Priests to Serve the Church Since 1888

The Pontifical College Josephinum was established more than 125 years ago to help prepare men for the priesthood. As a pontifical institution, the Josephinum serves dioceses and religious communities in the United States and the Church abroad. Although it has direct ties with the Holy See, the Josephinum is self-supporting and receives no financial support from Rome, nor is it dependent on any one diocese or religious community. The seminary is largely sustained by the generosity and prayerful support of loyal alumni and friends.

Since its founding in 1888, more than 1,900 Catholic priests have received their training at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Ordained alumni serve the People of God in 48 States and more than 20 foreign countries.

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The Permanent Diaconate

Deacon_Elevation_600_450.jpgUtilizing the advances of technology, the Josephinum's Distance Learning Program for the Diaconate offers continuing education opportunities to permanent deacons throughout North America and the world.

Locally, the Josephinum offers courses to Deacon Inquirers, to assist them in fulfilling the prerequisites a candidate to the diocesan diaconate program must complete before he begins the aspirancy year.


The Pontifical College Josephinum is pleased to announce the following administrative and faculty appointments, effective January 1, 2016.

Father Raymond Enzweiler, a priest of the Diocese of Covington, who previously served as Dean of Community Life and Associate Director of Pastoral and Apostolic Formation for the College of Liberal Arts, will assume the position of Vice Rector and Dean of Community Life for the School of Theology. Our seminarians will benefit immensely from his leadership and from his example of professional competence and prayerful priestly holiness, as well as from the opportunity to work with him in these new responsibilities.

Father Michael Kelly, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joins the faculty of the School of Theology and will serve as Director of Spiritual Formation for the School of Theology. Father Kelly has an impressive background in seminary formation, having served for many years as Dean of Men at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and since 2002 as pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Hilltown, PA. 

Father Douglas Martis, a priest of the Diocese of Joliet, joins the School of Theology faculty as Associate Professor of Sacraments and Liturgy, and, after a period of transition, will assume the additional administrative and formational responsibilities as Director of Sacred Liturgy. Father Martis has an impressive background in seminary and liturgical education, having served since 2004 as Director of the Liturgical Institute and since 2007 as Associate Professor of Sacramental Theology in the Department of Dogmatic Theology, as well as (since 2002) Chair of the Department of Liturgy and Music -- all at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

We are grateful to the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM. Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, JCD, Bishop of Joliet, and the Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, for making these exemplary priests available for service on our faculty.