Seminarian Division

Prospective Seminarians

Spirituality Year men on a hike near Golden, CO.


Admission to the Division for Priestly Formation of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is limited to qualified men who have been admitted into a program of priestly formation. Each candidate for admission must be sponsored by his Ordinary or Religious Superior and then approved by the Rector of the Seminary.  Admission thus has two stages: first, to be admitted as a seminarian for a certain diocese or religious community, and second, to be admitted to St. John Vianney for studies and formation.

International Seminarians

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is authorized by the United States Department of Homeland Security to enroll international seminarians in its program of priestly formation.

Seminarians enjoying soccer after class.

An international student whose native language is not English must submit  results of a recent TOEFL examination.   Permission to participate in pre-theology or theology courses is based on the results of the language proficiency assessment (TOEFL) and the recommendation of the Cycle Director and the Academic Dean.

Application Packet

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary forms men for the Catholic priesthood and for service to the Archdiocese of Denver as well as the Universal Church. Applicants interested in applying for admission to the seminary should contact Father Daniel Leonard, Rector of the Seminary, at the following address:

Father Daniel Leonard, PhD, STL
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 South Steele Street
Denver, CO 80210
Office (303) 282-3427
Fax (303) 282-3453

Dr. Terry Wright, Associate Professor, teaching Philosophy in 2012.

Tuition and Seminary Fees

In 2021-2022, tuition for seminarians from outside the Archdiocese of Denver is $25,092 per annum. Students admitted under special circumstances for a particular course are charged $809 per credit hour. (Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.)


Housing and meals are provided for seminarians of the Archdiocese of Denver and those assigned to the Seminary by their local Ordinary. In 2021-2022, the cost for room and board for seminarians from outside the Archdiocese of Denver is $13,512 per annum.

Insurance Coverage

Health care insurance is provided for seminarians of the Archdiocese of Denver. Seminarians from other dioceses must make arrangements for health insurance coverage through their local Ordinary. Seminarians are expected to assume responsibility for auto, fire, theft, and personal possession insurance.

Withdrawal from the Seminary

A seminarian in good standing may withdraw from the seminary during a semester. Each seminarian is responsible for settling all outstanding bills, returning keys and other items issued to them for use at the seminary and returning all books to the library prior to leaving the seminary.


Seminarians who withdraw from the seminary before the end of an academic semester will be charged for tuition, room and board on a pro rata basis. Refunds will be calculated according to the date of withdrawal as follows:

Fall Term:

  • Departure before October 1: 50%
  • Departure before November 1: 30%
  • Departure on or after November 1: No refund

Spring Term:

  • Departure before March 1: 50%
  • Departure before April 1: 30%
  • Departure on or after April 1: No refund

Fees for a psychological evaluation and/or retreat will be refunded only if that event has not yet occurred before the seminarian’s withdrawal.

Books and Personal Items

All seminarians must purchase their own books and personal items.

Student Loan Deferments and Federal Financial Aid

The Seminary is authorized to validate in-school deferments of eligible student loans, but does not participate in the direct-lending portion of Title IV.