Diocese of Tyler

Seminarian Support

Support New Priests for Tyler

The Diocese of Tyler has been blessed with many men seeking the priesthood as a life of service to Christ, and the time in formation which they experience is crucial to the quality of their ministry in the future. Responding to the needs of the Church in East Texas, the Diocese funds the formation and support of new priests who are prayerful, faithful, and ready for mission.

Servants of Mercy

Seminarians today are the priest of tomorrow—priests who will say Mass in your parish, teach you the Faith of the Apostles, hear your confessions, baptize children and grandchildren, and anoint us at our time of need. The Diocese of Tyler is forming missionaries of deep piety, faithfulness, and who bring the treasures of the Universal Church home to East Texas.

There are many more men whom we could support with your help. Please consider giving the great gift of the priesthood through your donation.

Seminarian Fund

Every gift to the Seminarian Fund goes directly to assist the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in funding this year’s seminarian needs—tuition, books, medical care, travel, etc.

You may donate through our secure website here or mail a donation with the notation “Seminarian Fund” to Diocese of Tyler, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler TX 75701.


Seminarian Burse Endowment

The Seminarian Endowment is a permanent fund established to fund seminarian education in perpetuity. Disbursements on gains from the fund exclusively support seminarian formation and related expenses.

If you are interested in establishing or supporting an existing burse within the Seminarian endowment through a cash gift, planned gift, or other type of legacy gift, contact Peter Kane at 903-534-1077 ext. 160 or giving@dioceseoftyler.

Donations to the endowment may be made out to “Seminarian Endowment” and sent to Diocese of Tyler, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701

After the Heart of Jesus Christ: The Seminary Process

Young men entering seminary are seeking to give their life to the Church in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, who came “not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for the many” (Mark 10:45). This requires many years of formation, years in which a seminarian is formed to become a man of deep prayer, great love for the Church, and a servant in mission. To accomplish this, the Diocese of Tyler focuses its seminarian formation on piety, fidelity, and service.

Seminarians are required to have an Undergraduate degree in Philosophy or Theology from a qualified institution, as well as what amounts to the equivalent of a “Masters” in Theology. This process, depending on the seminarians’ age and educational background when they enter seminary, can take anywhere from 5 to 8 years. During school months, they stay at a seminary amongst fellow seminarians where they receive additional formation about being a pastor, about preaching & liturgy, about leading a good spiritual life, as well as practice in the human virtues. Both the academic education and the human formation are critical to forming faithful leaders capable of the rigors and challenges of priestly ministry.

In addition to their studies, the seminarians receive an assigned parish or ministry every summer at which they gather on-the-ground experience with serving the people of the Diocese of Tyler. These assignments are a wonderful opportunity to understand better the families of the parishes and missions, to understand the mission fields in which they are called to serve.

Finally, we hope to offer every seminarian a chance to increase their love for and knowledge of the beauties and richness of the Universal Church through the “Rome Experience,” which “provides seminarians preparing for the diocesan priesthood the opportunity to contemplate and nurture their divine call to the priesthood and to holiness as they pray and study in the heart of the Catholic Church, beside the Chair of St. Peter, and at the tombs of the saints and martyrs” (http://theromeexperience.org/).