Sacred Heart School of Theology
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About Sacred Heart

With approximately 150 students, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology is North America's largest Catholic seminary focused on preparing men of all ages for priesthood. The seminary has a special focus on men over 30. Sacred Heart's expertise ensures a rich, rewarding and effective formation experience for older men, while rigorously following the Program of Priestly Formation, 5th Edition. Approximately 30 bishops and religious superiors entrust their seminarians to Sacred Heart. Our core program is our accredited Master of Divinity Program. About 100 seminarians, with an average age of 43, are in this program. Roughly 50 non-seminarian students are in other programs. The school, founded in 1932, is an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. It's located in Franklin, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Other Programs


Sacred Heart offers an accredited Master of Arts Program open to laity, a robust ESL program serving religious communities and dioceses around the world, and other programs and educational opportunities. Seminarians who don't have a bachelor's degree enroll in our Pre-Theology Program, earning credits through a collaboration with nearby Cardinal Stritch University. With inspiring chapels, modern classrooms and inviting common spaces, Sacred Heart is a showpiece of the Mid-Century architectural movement. The school is situated on an expansive campus with abundant natural space. See it via an on-line tour.
President's message


Frequently asked questions: A wide-ranging set of questions prospective seminarians might have, and no-nonsense answers.
A brief video featuring Very Rev. Msgr. Ross Shecterle, S.T.D., Ph.D., rector and president of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. WMV / Youtube


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'The school presents a sound concept of the priesthood. Solid doctrine permeates the academic curriculum and is reflected in the programs of spiritual and pastoral formation.'

Apostolic Visitation Team