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Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology

The seminary, through an integrated and balanced program of priestly formation, seeks to prepare competent pastors for the Church in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. Additionally, in order to foster a broader outreach in service to the needs of the local Church, the seminary offers educational and formational opportunities to other applicants.

Master's Programmes



The establishment of a diocesan seminary in lower Louisiana was a keen concern of Bishop Louis Dubourg (1815 – 1826). It also proved a point of honest disagreement between himself and Bishop Joseph Rosati, C.M., the first Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary of the Barrens in upper Louisiana (1818), and his coadjutor since 1824. 

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Library services

The Rev. Robert J. Stahl, S.M. Memorial Library, which houses more than 86,000 volumes, including bound periodicals, is located in St. Joseph Hall of Philosophy.  The main entrance and reading room are located on the first floor, just off the rotunda, but the library comprises three floors of the building. 


Notre Dame Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award undergraduate and master’s degrees. 

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States