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Pre-Theology Pre-Professional Program

Pre-Professional Program Information

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary is owned and operated by the Diocese of Winona as a college level priestly formation program adjacent to the campus of Saint Mary’s University.

The seminary program embraces the graduation requirements of Saint Mary’s University, as well as the academic directives of The Program of Priestly Formation. Philosophy remains the most highly recommended area of concentration for a student preparing for theology school. If, however, he chooses some other appropriate major, he is still required to complete philosophical studies equivalent to thirty semester hours of course work; please see the IHM Philosophy major listing in the Philosophy Department. These philosophy courses meet the requirements of the Bishop’s Committee on Priestly Formation. The Philosophy Department established this course sequence in consultation with the seminary.

Two semesters of elementary Latin are required of all seminarians who have not had at least two years of high school Latin or who still demonstrate a deficiency in the level of Latin expected by theology schools. Seminarians who plan to enter masters programs at the theology level should plan on taking Greek and Hebrew if their schedules allow for it and if the courses are offered.

Most seminarians at Saint Mary's complete their baccalaureate degreein four years. However, a number of seminarians who already possess a baccalaureate degree come to Immaculate Heart of Mary. These men are generally in residence for two years, during which time they complete their philosophy and theology requirements.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary website

Course descriptions

For more information contact:

Very Reverend Andrew Beerman
Rector, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary
Advisor, Pre-Theology Program
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #43
Winona, MN 55987
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 7371