Seminario Mayor de San Carlos was established in 1960. Its earliest beginnings go back to the mission school connected to the Colegio de San Ildefonso, the home of the Society of Jesus in Cebu and the central residence for the Visayas missions.
The Formation Program of Seminario Mayor de San Carlos has four aims: (1) Human Formation to help men find “human excellence and goodness of character”; (2) Spiritual Formation that seeks to form “men whose lives find their center in personal and transformative communion with God in Christ”; (3) Intellectual Formation that forms “men with deep understanding of the mysteries of the faith, a capacity for ongoing theological reflection, and pastoral skills and competence” ; and (4) Pastoral Formation that forms “men with deep commitment to and sufficient competence for pastoral leadership and service”.
Seminario Mayor de San Carlos has a Graduate School Program, which offers degrees in Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) and Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM). Generally, these programs seek to highlight the moral, spiritual and intellectual formation of its students. This can be attained by giving them a fundamental integrated knowledge of biblical revelation and Christian principles, under the context of contemporary problems and issues, in a way relevant to the local culture.
The seminary follows the principles set by the Second Vatican Council during the screening of future priests. To know more on the policies regarding applications and admissions, you may call +63 (032) 412-7505 / 231-4514 or check out its Web site at http://www.moic.smsc.edu.ph. Seminario Mayor de San Carlos is located at J. Luna St., Cebu City.