Life at St. John Fisher


The formation program for seminarians is expressed in the rule of life of St. John Fisher Seminary.  In addition to  the classes that the seminarians take in philosophy, theology, and ancient languages, the rule of life helps them as they grow in virtue and the interior life.  It includes daily Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, regular conferences by the rector and spiritual director, days of recollection, apostolic work, devotions, as well as time devoted for study and recreation. Seminarians are also assigned house jobs in order to keep the building clean and in good shape.


Citing the Second Vatican Council, St. John Paul II described the family as “the first school of those social virtues which every society needs.” (FC 36).  Community life at St. John Fisher Seminary is designed to be familial in the sense that through it the seminarians might grow in charity and the human virtues that are an indispensable preparation for priestly work.