SEMINARY MISSION STATEMENT
The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception is committed to the mission of formation and education in the Catholic faith in service of the Local and Universal Church.
The Seminary provides a home to the academic program of St. Joseph’s Seminary and to the Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of Catholic clergy.
The Seminary houses the Diocese of Rockville Centre formation programs for permanent deacons. Even as St. Joseph’s Seminary oversees the academic degree program, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception implements the comprehensive formation program as outlined in the USCCB National Directory for the formation, ministry, and life of permanent deacons.
In order to support the academic programs that take place at the Seminary, it maintains a full theological library. The library also serves as an educational and research resource for communities and individuals in the region.
The Seminary offers hospitality to a variety of Catholic parishes, schools, organizations and individuals to make use of the facilities and grounds for retreats, conferences, prayer, and recreation. At times, the Seminary welcomes other organizations, including community groups and persons of other faiths, to take time to meet and reflect in this unique place.
The Seminary has welcomed the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, which is a community of priests that is dedicated to the promotion of Eucharistic adoration through days of prayer, retreats, workshops, and outreach to different communities. The missionaries lead private retreats, offer spiritual direction and run very popular days of prayer here at the seminary. Most importantly, their community life amongst us gives a witness to the joy that comes from constantly being in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord.
In all these endeavours, the seminary seeks to imitate the first Christians who were dedicated to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers (Acts 2:42). Like St. Paul, who handed on what he received (1 Cor. 15:3), the seminary hands on the life and tradition of the Catholic faith in the context of the new evangelization in the third millennium.