Who we are

Nurturing Minds, Shaping Hearts for the Priesthood

Our Journey

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.


At St. Joseph Major Seminary, we operate two departments: the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology. Each department offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor's Degree, complemented by essential aspects of formation for candidates pursuing the Catholic Priesthood.

Formation for Leadership and Holiness

Our mission extends beyond academic excellence. The seminary's eight-year formation program nurtures a blend of faith and reason, fostering the inner growth of young men seeking holiness and wholeness. The ultimate goal is to shape leaders who, as "alter Christus," act in "Persona Christi" in the ministry of the word and sacraments.