Welcome Message from Fr. Scott S. Traynor, Rector

Traynor, Rev. Scott

On behalf of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary community, I would like to welcome you to our website. I invite you to take the time to get to know us better through exploring these pages. Throughout our website, you will learn about the three divisions of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary:

  • The Seminarian Division for priestly formation
  • The St. Francis School of Theology for permanent deacon formation
  • The Catechetical and Biblical Schools for lay formation

Each of these divisions aims to be an instrument of God in forming disciples of Jesus Christ for the New Evangelization. As stated in the Program of Priestly Formation, 5th ed., “Formation, as the Church understands it, is not equivalent to a secular sense of schooling, or, even less, job training. Formation is first and foremost cooperation with the grace of God” (p. 43).

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary exercises a special stewardship of a unique grace to form priests, deacons, and lay leaders for the New Evangelization. This unique grace stems from Pope Saint John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver in 1993 for World Youth Day.

Particular to the Seminary Division, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary aims to form men rooted in prayer who live their priestly identity with zeal, freedom, and joy in pastoral charity.

If you are a young man who believes God could be calling you to the priesthood, we would welcome the opportunity to tell you even more about St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Please write, call, or e-mail us. You are also welcome to come for a personal visit. Together we can explore whether this might be the right place for you to discern God’s plan for you to make a difference in the world for good!


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