Academic Life and Co-Curricular Activities

Our governance structure is led by esteemed religious leaders.

Academic Calendar and Activities

Since its inception in 1976, St. Joseph Major Seminary has been on a transformative journey. Initially established as a Philosophy Campus of Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, the seminary played a crucial role in decongesting the mother seminary to ensure a seamless academic and formational experience. In 1989, the Department of Sacred Theology was inaugurated, leading to the renaming of the seminary to St. Joseph Major Seminary on March 1, 1991.

Academic Affiliations and Autonomy

The seminary's academic endeavors took a significant step forward with affiliations to the former University of Cross River State, Uyo, and later with the University of Calabar, Cross River State. Despite these affiliations, St. Joseph Major Seminary retained its autonomy, religious character, and academic connections to Rome. The commitment to efficiency and academic excellence led to the transition to the University of Calabar at the end of the 2013/2014 academic year.

Seminary Life: Students and Events

Diverse Student Population

Numerically, the seminarians hail from nine Dioceses and 14 Religious congregations, creating a diverse and enriching community.


Major Events

From Inauguration ceremonies to cultural fiestas, the seminary calendar is marked with events like the National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS) weekend, Charismatic weekends, and the All Nigeria Major Seminary Festival of Arts and Culture.