Why the Josephinum?

Unique Identity, Focused Vision

There are many unique aspects of the Josephinum through which we accomplish our vision – a unifying element of priestly spirituality, a pontifical identity, free-standing college seminary, and Hispanic ministry certification program, to name a few. Everything we do is focused on preparing seminarians to take on the joys and burdens of ministry in a post-modern world.

A Pontifical Seminary

The Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome appoints the Rector/President.
The Constitution is approved by the Congregation for Clergy.
The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States serves as Chancellor.
A Board of Trustees is comprised of United States’ diocesan bishops, as well as experienced priests, religious, and laity.
Seminarians in the Discipleship Stage make a pilgrimage to Italy, to experience Rome early in their formation.

A National & Independent Seminary

Not operated by a particular diocese or religious order.
Serving 15 dioceses in the United States and beyond, as well as several religious orders.
Seminarians are exposed to varied cultural expressions of the Catholic faith.
Bishops and religious superiors who entrust seminarians to the Josephinum share in the formation of their men and further ensure that they will be prepared to meet the particular needs of their diocese or order.

Community of Formators

The Community of Formators consists of full-time resident priests who reflect the national character and ethnic and cultural diversity of the Josephinum. They are from (arch)dioceses and orders from across the United States and around the world.

A School of Priestly Holiness

Spiritual formation is the integrating factor in the Josephinum’s program. Seminarians are brought into a very intentional School of Priestly Holiness, and they are encouraged to look to Saint Joseph as their model and special patron.

Our Campus

The Josephinum’s 75-acre campus is home to four chapels, a gymnasium and basketball court, exercise facilities, a swimming pool, social gathering spaces, athletic fields, a Marian grotto, outdoor Stations of the Cross, and the A.T. Wehrle Memorial Library.

Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States, home to more than 2 million people. Educational, cultural, and recreational outlets for seminarians are abundant, including a major university, excellent library and metro park systems, numerous museums, and multiple event arenas. The Josephinum’s close proximity to the freeway system facilitates easy travel to sites where seminarians gain pastoral experience, including parishes, hospitals, schools, and care centers for the elderly.

280,000 Catholics of varied cultural backgrounds are a strong and vibrant presence throughout Columbus. The diocese is served by more than 150 priests. A Catholic hospital system and many diocesan high schools enhance the Catholic presence in the city.


For more information about the Josephinum, please contact us.