Pre-Theology Program

“The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God....He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life....Christ needs priests who are mature, virile, capable of cultivating an authentic spiritual paternity.”

—Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Clergy (Cathedral of Warsaw, May 25, 2006)


The Pre-Theology Program of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is a two-year program for students who have received their college degree from another college or university but do not have the required number of credit hours in philosophy. The students in this program are considered part of the School of Theology. They take upper level philosophy courses in preparation for the study of theology. This two-year program of philosophical studies is grounded in the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, and the Program of Priestly Formation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (5th edition, 2006).

The Pre-Theology Program is designed to help students who are entering the seminary for the first time. This program recognizes that some of these students may have been away from the academic environment for several years. The students are introduced to the four dimensions of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. They meet with their formation advisor once per month to discuss their adjustment to the seminary environment and their progress in the four areas of formation. This program strives “to provide seminarians with an understanding of the historical and cultural context of their faith” (Program of Priestly Formation n. 162). Upon completion of this program the seminarians enter the four-year School of Theology, continuing their preparation for the priesthood.