• Support vocations to the priesthood and religious life

“If there is a masterpiece in this world it is the formation of good priests: nothing is greater, nothing more important can be thought of.” St. Vincent DePaul, 1658

The Diocese of Arlington invests a great deal in its seminarians to ensure they become well-formed priests. Their formation, including human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral, requires a commitment of time, effort and money. 

Young men might be in the seminary for six to nine years; they pursue philosophy and theology studies, and participate in pastoral internships, summer assignments, and Spanish-language programs. Unfortunately, only the seminarian's time and effort do not come at a cost to the diocese; the other endeavors add up to just about $300,000 by the time the priest is ordained. 

Annual Costs per Seminarian


Read on to learn about the many ways you can support vocations in our diocese.

DRice for benefactors2

As a seminarian of Arlington, I received much support from the people of the diocese, both financially and through prayer. I am truly humbled by their generosity and inspired by the love they show for God and for me. In my formation and studies, I could ask for no better motivation than the opportunity to serve as their priest one day.