College Program

John Carroll University & Borromeo Seminary Institute 2017-2019

The Borromeo Seminary Institute, housed on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, prepares college students seeking the ordained priesthood of the Catholic Church. Its program is designed according to the norms and recommendations of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and its Program of Priestly Formation. Students admitted by the Diocese of Cleveland or by their religious order to the program for collegiate seminarians matriculate at John Carroll University, where they are known as members of the Borromeo Seminary Institute.

Borromeo Seminary Institute students complete all of the academic requirements of John Carroll University and are expected to fulfill additional course requirements of 42 credit hours specified by the collaborative collegiate seminary program and offered on the Borromeo site.

The formation program at the Seminary in Wickliffe is concentrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that students may attend classes on the JCU main campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00–5:00.

All members of the institute are required to complete the following courses in philosophy, as well as theology and religious studies. Descriptions of the courses can be found in the sections on those departments in this Bulletin. The Philosophy course sequence can be found at the Borromeo website at, while the Theology course sequence is available at Latin and Greek language coursework also is encouraged.



210. Ancient Greek Philosophy 3 cr.
225. Medieval Philosophy and Logic 3 cr.
240. 17th and 18th Century European Philosophy 3 cr.
246. 19th and 20th Century Philosophy 3 cr.
304. Philosophy of the Human Person 3 cr.
308. Philosophy of God 3 cr.
368. Ethical Theory 3 cr.
391. What Does Science Prove? 3 cr.
395. Metaphysics 3 cr.
396. Theories of Knowledge 3 cr.

To complete the Philosophy Major, the seminarians are also required to complete one 3 cr. elective and either PL450 (Seminar; 3 cr.) or PL495 (Senior Thesis; 3 cr.) for a total of 36 credits.



200. Hebrew Bible 3 cr.
205. New Testament Introduction 3 cr.
238. Catechism of the Catholic Church 3 cr.
268. Catholic Moral Theology 3 cr.


Students may elect other TRS courses, including:

328. The Franciscan Movement 3 cr.
335. What Happened at Vatican II 3 cr.
368. Christian Social Justice 3 cr.
493. Senior Seminar 3 cr.
494. The Catholic Experience 3 cr.