What is a Seminary?
Following the inspiration of Christ, the Church provides seminaries as places where those who believe they are called by him to priesthood and who have been accepted for formation may discern and respond to their vocation.
Under the authority and guidance of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Allen Hall follows in this tradition. Everything at Allen Hall is evaluated and understood in the light of the Scriptures, the Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church, and in the service of the Church’s mission.
In his years of formation the student, accompanied by seminary staff, is nurtured in his sense of vocation and grows in intimacy with the Lord. Together the staff and students of Allen Hall form a community which, while transient, is foundational for future priestly life and ministry.
Other British Seminaries
In total the dioceses of England and Wales have six seminaries where men are prepared for ordination as deacons and priests. The other seminaries are:
- St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford: the seminary of the Diocese of Southwark.
- St Mary’s College, Oscott, Sutton Coldfield: the seminary of the Diocese of Birmingham.
- The Venerable English College, Rome
- The Pontifical College of St Bede, Rome
- The Royal College of St Alban, Valladolid, Spain: students are sent to Valladolid to undertake a propaedeutic year to prepare them for seminary formation.