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 Philippine church. Some will become rectors and professors of seminaries, diocesan and school administrators in various educational institutions. They are now faced with multiple and complex challenges. They will need solid grounding in theology and sound training in 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.