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St John’s Seminary

St John’s Seminary was established in 1891 to train students for the priesthood. While it serves mainly dioceses of the South of England, it also provides formation for students from dioceses further afield and for members of religious orders.Since 1985 it has also offered courses in theology for lay (external) students. These courses now run alongside the academic programme offered to students in formation. This programme is validated by the University of Surrey, of which the Seminary is an Associated Institution.

The Seminary is also a valuable resource for the local church, and provides a venue for various groups including the formation programme for the Permanent Diaconate, as well as a centre of expertise in the work of formation and sacred science.

The motto “spes messis in semine” (the hope is in the sowing), speaks of confidence in the work done at the Seminary for the future of the Church and the Kingdom of God.

You can find the seminary at

Cranleigh Road
Surrrey GU5 0QX

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Southwark Seminary Fund

You can support St John’s Seminary financially by donating to the seminary fund. You can increase your donation by gift-aiding it as well. To donate to the seminary fund, contact

Reverend Canon James Pannett KCHS
48 Dale Road
Surrey CR8 2EF

Phone 020 8660 3815