San Carlos Seminary is the Archdiocesan Seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila, and the first ever diocesan seminary to be established in the Philippines. For more than three hundred years, it has formed men who contributed much to the growth of the Church in the Philippines and the faith of the Filipino people. Standing on the shoulders of giants – Rufino Cardinal Santos, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Bishop Socrates Villegas – Karlistas are proud of the heritage they have inherited from hundreds of years of Filipino diocesan priestly formation, yet remaining humble in the spirit of its patron San Carlos Borromeo’s motto, humilitas.

Karlistas, as the San Carlos Alumni are called, are well known for their deep pastoral formation that they acquired from their Seminary. As future pastors in the diocese, San Carlos Seminary offers a formation that is deeply rooted in the faith, contextualized within the signs of the times, fostered through unity with the Bishop and the local church. Karlistas are also renowned in their love for the liturgy and music. For a San Carlos graduate, a beautiful and orderly liturgical celebration should be part and parcel of the parish community life. It is therefore not uncommon to see Karlistas in different dioceses working in the seminary, diocesan offices and commissions, and even in the remotest area doing their duties as pastors of souls.

At present, San Carlos Seminary has evolved from a small school for the native clergy, to a premier institution for the training of future priests for the whole Philippines and even overseas. Seminarians from as far as Abra, Palawan, and Daet are formed in this seminary. Recent graduates from Vietnam and Burma are now serving as priests throughout parts of Asia. Religious congregations also send their members to San Carlos for their Academic training.

San Carlos Seminary continues its legacy of forming pastors patterned after the heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd.


#31 romans modesto 2016-10-28 10:25
ask ko lng po kung kahit kelan po ba pwedeng mag pass ng requirements ??

kailangan pa po ba ng parents na kasama o kahit ako na lang po mag isa??
#32 Omeng 2017-03-18 06:19
Good Afternoon po ! Ask ko lang po, sa minor seminary pa rin po ba nabibilang ang Senior High School ?
#33 pao 2017-03-20 06:58
Yung Curriculum po kasama po sa Minor Seminary pero po yung formation ay nasa Major Seminary na po.
#34 Omeng 2017-03-21 12:30
#Q1-Pero kung sakali pong makapasa ako sa exam ninyo sa san carlos po ako magseseminaryo ?

#Q2- ano po bang itetest dun ? Mga major sibjects po ba and logics ?

Thanks po ! God Bless :D
#35 pao 2017-03-23 05:30
@omeng yes sa san carlos ka maga-undergo ng formation.
For the second question, parang ordinary entrance exams lang rin katulad ng sa labas
#36 Omeng 2017-03-23 12:24
Thank you po ! God Bless sana po isama niyo po sa inyong mga panalangin na marami pang makapasok upang magpari at sana po ay makapasok ako sa inyong seminaryo !
#37 Omeng 2017-03-24 06:06
Last question po. ahahahah ang kulit ko.
-Ano po ung sa psycho exam, like what exam po un ? At kailan po ang exam ninyo ? Pang last batch na po ba ? at kailan po ?
#38 Denver Marx Colegado 2017-04-07 05:10
..Good day..!!.. I would like to ask if I am allowed to enroll or admit myself into your seminary eventhough I'm not from the Archdiocese of Manila..??.. Thank you, and I sent you an e-mail of inquiry... God Bless..
#39 raph 2017-05-23 13:56
Good day sir! sir 3 times na po ako nakaramdam ng calling.this time lang po ako nakapagdecide.n agcheck po ako ng requirements.. at sa age po at a ako Hindi makakacomply 26yrs old na po ako. Sir may iba pa po ba akong maaring gawing paraan na mapagsisilbihan ko ang panginoong Hesukristo