For Sponsors

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology’s mission is “Preparing evangelizing disciples through specialized formation to conform our world to the Heart of Christ”. Specialized formation is our unique service to the church. We meet the different needs of over 30 sponsors and meet the varying needs of each seminarian entrusted to us. Through active listening and accomplishment, we meet men where they are and prepare them to flourish in their specific ordained ministries.


Over 30 dioceses and religious orders entrust their seminarians to Sacred Heart, sending students from all over the world. Our students are all ages, backgrounds and experiences. We value the trust sponsors place in us, and we work very hard to tailor programs to the needs of your seminarians. Sacred Heart offers Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees, a Priestly Certificate, programs in English & Cultural Studies, Hispanic Preparation for Ministry, and bridging programs for international students as they transition from English into philosophy and theology. We provide experiential learning experiences such as an archeological dig in the Holy Land; the expedition is a favorite and transformative summer program of students. We are also the only Catholic seminary to house a center for Jewish and Catholic studies on-site: The Lux Center.


Importantly, we know our students. Whether they will be in urban or rural ministries, diocesean or religious order, we work to deliver formation that prepares them for the road ahead. When alumni come back for a visit and say “I feel at home”, that tells us they felt listened too, cared for, and guided. When we receive a letter of thanks from a sponsor or a parishioner, we know the students left well-prepared for a changing and challenging world.


If you are just exploring Sacred Heart, give us a call. We are happy to talk about programs and can provide academic audits for prospective students. We also offer continuing formation opportunities here, and have faculty willing to travel to bring programs to you. Below is information for you to explore further. We hope to hear from you soon.


Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.

Entrusted with the priestly formation and/or English and Culture Studies


  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
  • Community of St. Paul
  • Diocese of Albany
  • Diocese of Austin
  • Diocese of Belleville
  • Diocese of Davenport
  • Diocese of Dodge City
  • Diocese of Duluth
  • Diocese of Gary
  • Diocese of Gaylord
  • Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
  • Diocese of Green Bay
  • Diocese of Hamilton
  • Diocese of Honolulu
  • Diocese of La Crosse
  • Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
  • Diocese of Lexington
  • Diocese of Lubbock
  • Diocese of Madison
  • Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
  • Diocese of Rockford
  • Diocese of Saginaw
  • Diocese of Salina
  • Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
  • Diocese of Superior


  • Bannakaroli Brothers
  • Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph
  • Community of St. Paul
  • Comunidad Misionera de Jesús (Missionary Community of Jesus)
  • Congregation of the Mission
  • Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Discalced Augustinians
  • Discalced Carmelites
  • Fathers of Saint Charles (Scalabrinians)
  • Franciscan Friars Minor
  • Glenmary Home Missioners
  • Missionary Fraternity of Mary
  • Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists)
  • Order of Friars Minor, Conventual
  • Order of Preachers
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • Order of St. Camillus USA Delegation
  • Pallottine Fathers and Brothers
  • Priests of the Sacred Heart
  • Saint Francis Xavier Foreign Mission Society (Xaverians)
  • Salesians of Don Bosco
  • Servants of the Paraclete
  • Society of Christ
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • Society of Our Mother of Peace
  • Society of the Divine Savior