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Mission Statement


It is the mission of Christ the King Seminary to educate sponsored candidates for ordained priesthood and permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church and individuals pursuing a graduate theological education, a ministerial education program, or a program of continuing education. Christ the King Seminary is fully committed to an integrated and ecumenical model of theological education for men and women eager to experience the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church's tradition of theological learning, pastoral praxis, and spiritual formation.

“…to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:12-13).

In addition, the Seminary’s resources are available to a broad range of constituents for activities such as retreats, study days, convocations, conferences, prayer and support groups, parochial and diocesan group meetings, and individual prayer and reflection.


1.    To develop student competence in the knowledge and skills demanded for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.
2.    To provide and foster scholarly expertise in the Christian tradition.
3.    To nurture the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation of men and women.
4.    To welcome students of other Christian denominations who are comfortable immersing themselves in the rich doctrinal and theological and spiritual tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.


Founded in 1857, today Christ the King Seminary is sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo and served by a faculty of diocesan and religious clergy, women religious and laity. The Seminary is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose chairperson is the bishop of Buffalo and whose members span a range of persons with expertise in education, business, philanthropy, and church service. It is chartered by the Education Department of the State University of New York, and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Seminary's Program of Priestly Formation is governed by ecclesiastical principles and guidelines determined by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.