Priestly formation today continues the call of Jesus, the response
of his first disciples, and their communion of life. The Gospel foundation
of priestly formation precedes programs, structures, and plans. What was
vital and essential for that first community of disciples remains so today
for those engaged in priestly formation.
Program of Priestly Formation, #8
The formation and education of seminarians is an extensive and
detailed process.  This process can vary greatly depending upon
the seminarian's age, level of education, and spiritual
development.  Older candidates who have completed a 4 year
degree can expect to study for 4 to 5 years in the seminary and 6
years if they have no college experience.  Younger candidates
coming directly from high school will study in the seminary for at
least 8 years (4 years of college seminary and 4 years of major
Contact the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations
for more information about the seminary.
Currently, the Diocese of Wilmington utilizes three different seminaries to educate our priests.  
Placement is by the decision of the Bishop.  Below are links to each of the seminaries.
Immaculate Conception Seminary
St. Andrew College Seminary
St. Mary's Seminary & University
"In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit"
- Ephesians 1:13