Rector’s Message

Welcome to the home of St. John’s Seminary, an international institution in Southern California devoted to preparing men who have responded generously to God’s call to the priesthood. Founded in 1939, St. John’s has formed more than 1,300 priests for both religious and diocesan ministry.

Following the instructions contained in the Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis and in the Program for Priestly Formation, 5th edition, and informed by the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, our seminary is characterized by its dedication to forming men via a holistic integration of spiritual, human, academic, and pastoral dimensions, as described in our Mission Statement.

Given the multicultural environment in which we live, the growing Hispanic presence in the United States, and the rapid transformation of our society brought about in large measure by the new social media, our seminary works to educate priests who are passionate for the Gospel, creative ministers of God’s mercy, and prepared to face the challenges of the new millennium.

May this webpage provide you with some insight into daily life and formation at St. John’s.

I ask that you remember the seminary and our important work in your prayers; if you are able, please prayerfully consider supporting our mission through a charitable donation as well.

On behalf of our faculty, our staff, and our seminarians, thank you for your interest in St. John’s Seminary. May the favor of the Lord our God be ours and prosper the work of our hands.

God bless you.  

Rev. Marco A. Durazo, S.T.D.