Mission and Purpose

Borromeo Seminary, the college seminary in the Diocese of Cleveland, is a community in which men discern the call to and are formed for diocesan priesthood or religious life through the integration of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation.



Welcome to Borromeo Seminary!

Borromeo Seminary is a house of formation serving the Diocese of Cleveland, Diocese of Youngstown, the Capuchin Franciscan Province of Saint Augustine, and the Blessed Sacrament Community.  It is located at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio.  Men who have been accepted into the Borromeo Seminary program live at the seminary and commute to John Carroll University as they work toward their undergraduate degree.



AQUINAS LECTURE, 26 FEBRUARY 2022, 4:00 p.m. 

Each year, Borromeo Seminary hosts the Edward G. and Mary E. Mansour Aquinas Lecture in Philosophy. Invited lecturers address perennial questions, especially those relevant for philosophy studies at the seminary.


Recent speakers include Maria Fedoryka, Christopher Tollefsen, Michael Rota, and Meghan Sullivan. This year, we are hosting Zena Hitz, Ph.D. from St. John’s College. Dr. Hitz, author of the recent award-winning book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life, will consider the life of the mind in light of St. Thomas Aquinas’s account of charity (love). What does it mean to read, study, and write in charity?


Please join us for this free lecture on February 26, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in the Aula. No reservations are necessary. Aquinas Lecture Flyer 2022- Hitz




You have heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – now you can share your blessings on Tuesday, November 30: Giving Tuesday. All day around the globe, people are asked to contribute to their favorite charities and nonprofits. The Diocese of Cleveland asks you to be part of Northeast Ohio’s Online Day of Catholic Giving: #weGiveCatholic, which allows you to contribute to Borromeo Seminary, and 200+ other ministries in the Diocese. Use your computer or smartphone on Tuesday, November 30 to access www.weGiveCatholic.org , search for Borromeo Seminary and donate any amount. In the spirit of the season of gratitude, remember to Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday.




Borromeo Seminary is excited to begin formation and classes  for the 2021-2022 year! 

The Seminary continues to follow the guidelines from the State of Ohio to inform our plans and seminarians will be welcomed back in the safest possible way that adheres to all health requirements. Our focus remains on creating a formational community, centered in Jesus Christ, that allows for a prayerful place of vocational discernment. As St. John Paul II stated in his encyclical Pastores dabo vobis, the seminary community is “the essential formational matrix for those preparing for ordained ministry, which itself ‘has radical communitarian form and can only be carried out as a collective work” (#17).



Come and See the goodness of seminary life during a weekend visit. The weekends begin on Friday evening and continue until community Mass and brunch on Sunday. Personal interaction with our seminarians, several presentations, time with the Lord Jesus in Eucharistic adoration, prayer and Mass with the seminary community, social time, free time to use the grounds or the gym, and an individual meeting with the vocation director all take place. This opportunity to experience the awesome Borromeo community is always enjoyable and prayerful.  Contact the Vocation Office for upcoming dates.




Welcome from President-Rector Fr. Mark A Latcovich

– Check out the Philosophy Portraits in Borromeo’s classrooms

Meet the Borromeo Seminarians

– Read Fr. Damian Ference’s response to the question:  Why a College Seminary?

Bishop Malesic

Welcome from Bishop Malesic

On September 14, 2020, Bishop Edward Malesic was installed as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland.  

Bishop Malesic led the Diocese of Greensburg since July 2015. He holds a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

A native of Harrisburg, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1983 and a Master of Divinity degree in 1987 from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg by then-Bishop William H. Keeler on May 30, 1987.

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Fr. Mark Latcovich

Welcome from Fr. Mark Latcovich

Welcome to Borromeo Seminary’s website!

Borromeo Seminary has had a rich tradition and place within the Diocese of Cleveland. Our primary mission is and has always been to help men to discern their call to priestly service.

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