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, and the Capuchin Franciscan Province of Saint Augustine.  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 – February 10, 2024 @ 4:00pm

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 Christopher Tollefsen, Michael Rota, Meghan Sullivan, Zena Hitz, and Francis Beckwith.


This year we are hosting Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Joseph. He is Assistant Director of the Thomistic Institute and Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Dominican House of Studies. He is more widely known for his work as co-host of the Godsplaining podcast and frequent guest appearances on Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas show. His most recent book is Prudence: Choose Confidently, Live Boldly (2022).


Please join us for this free lecture on February 10, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. in the Aula Magna. No reservations are necessary. Aquinas Lecture Flyer 2024




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 (www.clepriesthood.org)




Borromeo Seminary is the college seminary for the Diocese of Cleveland, the Diocese of Youngstown, and the Capuchin Fransiscan Province of Saint Augustine. Please consider supporting formation at the seminary through your prayers, and if possible, financial gifts. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the seminary please contact Fr. Andrew Turner, Rector, at aturner@dioceseofcleveland.org. God bless you and those you love.    


Welcome from President-Rector Fr. Andrew Turner

– 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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Rev. Andrew B. Turner

Welcome from Rev. Andrew B. Turner

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 the priesthood of Jesus Christ. 


In this special time of the National Eucharistic Revival, we are invited to reflect on the mystery of the most precious gift given to us by Jesus as a source of great hope and love for our Church. Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is present to us at every Mass, and we are always invited to make an act of faith in his presence. We have the opportunity to make acts of faith that God is who he says he is, and that he has fulfilled his promises and stands by his Word.


As we enter this new season, I invite all of us to make a renewed prayer, a new act of faith in the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and allow him to reveal himself to us in a new way. Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist is not static but dynamic. He wants to come to us to change us this year. He wants to change us into himself so we can be His presence in the world.

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