Seminaries in the Philippines

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Seminaries or theological schools are specialized and live-in education institutions that train the future ministers, priests or rabbi. In the Philippines, most seminaries are Catholic seminaries mainly because large portions of the population of the country are Catholics. A good number of these schools accommodate those who desire to be inclined to religious activities or become priests.

Here are some of the Seminaries in the Philippines:

San Carlos Seminary
San Carlos Major Seminary is considered as the official seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila which not only accepts seminarians for the Archdiocese of Manila but seminarians from other dioceses as well.

Located at San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City, San Carlos Seminary has three departments: Juniorate - is composed of two-year level (Formation Year and Philosophy 1); Philosophy - is composed of three-year levels: Philosophy 2,3, and 4; and Theology - is composed of five-year levels: Theology 1, 2, PSIY, 3 and 4.

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Founded in 1964, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) is a cooperative ministry of the Assemblies of God National Churches of Asia, Pacific Oceania and the Assemblies of God World Mission in USA. Located in Baguio City, this advance school of theology aims to advance the leadership training and equip Pentecostal and Charismatic ministers for the Asia Pacific region which will serve as a resource center for assisting these churches to fulfill their Biblical mandate.

APTS provides advance training in theology, Bible, pastoral ministry, Christian education, Bible school ministry, evangelism and missions. It extends educational and ministry services to promote academically sound educational programs that are sensitive to the cultural issues and needs of the Asia Pacific region, while providing opportunities for students to learn through hands-on ministry experiences.

Holy Rosary Major Seminary
The Holy Rosary Major Seminary (HSMS) is considered as the center of the theological studies and formation for the ecclesiastical province of Caceres, Naga City, which comprise the Archdiocese of Caceres, Daet, Legazpi, Masbate, Sorsogon and Virac in the Bicol region located at the southern part of Luzon.

The HSMS was inaugurated on August 10, 1964 by Bishop Carlo Martini, former delegate of the Papal Nuncio. This event also marked the division of the seminary. Holy Rosary Major Seminary became the home of the college and theology departments while the old seminary, known as the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary houses the high school department. However, with the phase out of the high school department in 1990, the college department returned to its original home making HRMS the center of theological studies in Caceres, Naga City.

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Our Lady of the Angels Seminary is a major seminary of the Franciscans (OFMs) in the Philippines, in response for the growing need of a major seminary for the order in the late 1950s. The seminary was founded in October 20, 1961 under Fr. Aloysius-Ma. Conteras with the Franciscan superiors of the Philippines.

Located at Seminary Road, Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City, the formation provides the seminarians the chance to grow in five particular aspects of the formation, mainly, that of spirituality, work, apostolate for the juniors and seniors, community life and study (SWACS). It also works on the achievement of physical, intellectual, emotional, psycho-sexual and social maturity of each individual.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary- The seminary was a response for the need of the Archdiocese of Manila of a subordinate section of the San Carlos Major Seminary. The seminary aims to focuses on the four aspects of the life of their seminarians: Spiritual - forms the seminarians to be holy and faithful in their prayer lives; Academic - develops in the seminarians an appreciation of learning as an integral part of human and vocational life; Community - building communities through interaction, communication and relationships; and Social - forming seminarians to be genuine servant leaders.

Located in Bernardino Steet, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City, the structure of the seminary was completed in May 1995, and on October 5 and 6 that year, the minor seminary was officially opened in its new building from San Carlos.

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The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary was canonically erected by Bishop Alfredo Versoza in Tayabas, Quezon, and was formerly known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Seminary in 1942. In 1955, it was moved to its present site in Barrio Tumbaga, Sariaya, Quezon.

In 1958, it was known as the first diocesan seminary that has a college department. Their vision is to build a community of young disciples of Christ to nurture and develop the initial signs of priestly vocation with zealous response to the will of God according to the example of Mary. At present the seminary is offering a formation program for the high school seminarians.




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