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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 either 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.
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.
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.