The reputation of San Jose Seminary stands tall among the major seminaries in the Philippines, attracting on the average over a hundred applicants each year. Because the five year program of studies is rigorous, fewer than 20 are accepted.
Currently there are 53 seminarians: 14 entering their first year and 4 completing their last.
It costs approximately Php 300, 000 a year to educate each seminarian.
That expensive? you ask.
Yes, we reply, because these young men will become parish priests in a Philippne church faced with multiple and complex challenges. Some of them will rise to positions of influence: as professors and rectors of seminaries, as school administrators and possibly, bishops of dioceses.
They will need to be solidly grounded in theology and trained in pastoral ministry.
The Board of Trustees estimates that San Jose will need, over the next three years, approximately 60M to support the current number of seminarians.