St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, is a catholic centre of theological, philosophical, humanistic and scientific education and professional and priestly formation since 1795. it comprises both the national seminary and pontifical university.

The National Seminary’s primary mission is to serve the church in ireland by forming candidates for the catholic priesthood. Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, functions as the principal centre (institution) on the Island of Ireland of priestly formation for all the Irish dioceses. Seminarians from overseas dioceses and religious congregations are also welcome having met the admission requirements of the seminary and received a nomination from their ordinary.

Rooted in the apostolic community gathered around jesus christ, The Seminary seeks to form future priests who will hand on the life and joy of the gospel and the tradition of the church’s faith in the mission of the new evangelization well into the future.

To accomplish this, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, directs a programme of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation that is rooted in the principles outlined for the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day in the post-synodal apostolic exhortation pastores dabo vobis 1992 [ “i will give you shepherds”]. through the integration of these “Pillars of Formation”, the National Seminary aims to form priests according to the heart of jesus the good shepherd.

Since 1896 Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth has also been a university with Pontifical Faculties of Theology, Canon law and philosophy. Today, The Pontifical University is committed:

To achieve the highest standards at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in systematic theology, moral theology, scripture, liturgical studies, ecclesiastical history, canon law, patrology, mission studies and pastoral studies & philosophy.

To equip students with the required academic formation for ministry, profession or civil leadership.

To promote excellence and innovation in teaching, research and publication that respond to contemporary developments in ecumenical, inter-religious and cultural dialogues in an increasingly complex and diverse irish society;

To broaden access in higher and continuing education through inter-disciplinary and focused programmes that meet contemporary needs.

To create a supportive, learning and reflective environment, equipped with the best structures and resources available, to enable the academic, spiritual and human development of the student in an atmosphere which respects diversity.


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