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Thank you for visiting our website. I hope you will find it interesting and will find the information you are looking for.

‘A seminary is more than a building, it is a community of formation.’ That is the starting point for the Catholic Church’s understanding of seminaries. St Mary’s College has existed as a formation community for 226 years. It has been in its present location for the last 182 of those years.

Formation takes place here in many different ways: but for the sake of convenience we divide those ways into four main strands. They are pastoral, spiritual human and intellectual. You can read about each of those areas by clicking on the buttons below if you would like to know more.

Even though we are much more than a building we are very proud of the buildings the seminary inhabits. You will see many photographs of them on the website and you will also find various ways that you could visit us. You would be very welcome.

We are also proud of our seminarians and our permanent deacons in formation. You can read about their experiences on the website, as well as their hopes for the future ministries they will have in the Church in the different dioceses and religious congregations who choose to use us to help form their future deacons and priests.

As the newly appointed Rector I hope you will pray for me and for the seminary community. At the moment we are operating as a virtual seminary. I very much look forward to being able to welcome all the students back here once it is safe to do so.


Father Giles Goward, Rector

The focus of human formation
is a lifelong commitment
to personal growth
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Spiritual formation is at the core of formation
for the priesthood and is central to the
future priest’s identity and mission
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This serves a two-fold primary function
of the College: to discern priestly vocations
and to form candidates for priestly ministry
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It enables students to experience a wide range
of pastoral situations and encourages reflection
on that experience in the light of their developing
theological understanding and personal growth.
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A Day in the life of a Seminarian

See what Seminary is like

What is involved in training to be a priest in the 21st Century? Watch this video and have a glimpse into the life of some of the seminarians training for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott.


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Some members of the Oscott community went to France in order to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the original seminary at Douai
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Some members of the Oscott community went to France in order to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the original seminary at Douai