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House of Discernment


The House of Discernment Program, offered by Holy Apostles College & Seminary, is designed for those that are discerning a call to the Catholic priesthood. This program is structured for those who wish to discern seminary life prior to seeking sponsorship from a diocese or religious order.

As a House of Discernment student, you will participate in a full-time on-campus academic program, residing on the same grounds as our seminarians. You will also be invited to join in communal prayer, faith formation, and recreational activities.

Our program offers a supportive environment for those who are discerning their calling, and our staff is dedicated to providing guidance and assistance throughout the discernment process.

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“The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples.”

– Pope Benedict XVI –

Life at the
Discernment of House

House of Discernment students will:

  • Live in Christian Community
  • Participate in a full time on-campus academic program
  • Receive Spiritual Direction
  • Join in communal prayer, formation, and recreational activities
  • Reside on campus with our seminarians


Men from 18 to 40 years of age who wish to seriously discern a possible vocation to the priesthood prior to seeking sponsorship from a diocese or religious order.

We welcome those who are considering a vocation to the Catholic priesthood to explore the House of Discernment Program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. We invite you to apply and join us on this path of spiritual discernment.

Your Home On Campus

Newly renovated St. James House will be your home on our beautiful Cromwell, CT campus.

Each student will have their own private room with a bed, dresser, desk and chair included. House of Discernment students will share a full kitchen, private in-house chapel, living room, and dining room.

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The House of Discernment is located on the Holy Apostles College and Seminary campus, 33 Prospect Hill Road, Cromwell, CT 06416

How long can I stay?

Each student may stay on campus for the duration of their academic program during our Fall and Spring semesters. This allows graduates to stay for up to 2 years in the program and undergraduates to stay for up to 4 years in order to complete their degree while discerning. During your stay, you will need to uphold the academic requirements put forth by the academic program.

Will I be assigned a Spiritual Director?

Yes, like seminarians, you will be provided with a spiritual director to assist you with the discernment process and answer any discernment questions you may have.

Will living quarters be provided?

We have a house dedicated to our House of Discernment program that can hold up to 6 residents. Each student will have their own private room with a bed, dresser, desk and chair included. There are shared bathrooms with showers and toilets. There is a full kitchen available for cooking and a private in-house chapel. A coin operated washer and dryer for laundry will be in your building as well.

What is the cost per academic year?

The current cost for an academic year may be found here, 2024-2025 Tuition and Fees. This includes room and board and covers 18 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters. This does not include textbooks and other living expenses.

Our on-campus programs are only offered in the fall and spring semesters. If you wish to take additional courses online in the summer, you may do so at the normal online tuition rate with any applicable fees. Please check our website for the latest on campus seminarian information. https://holyapostles.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/

For more details about the House of Discernment program please read, the House of Discernment booklet.

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