Life in St Charles’ Seminary

The seminary enjoys beautiful large grounds on the outskirts of the metropolitan area. It is located at the gateway to the Swan Valley, with wineries and orchards nearby.



The seminary is located on one of Guildford’s most historical sites, ‘Garden Hill’, with some of the beautiful buildings being over one hundred years old.


Located within the historical building ‘Padbury House’, the chapel is where the community meets for the Divine Office, to celebrate Mass and other liturgies, and where seminarians may come to spend time in our Lord’s presence.

A verse from Pange Lingua sung by the Seminary schola on the occasion of Palm Sunday 20th March 2016

The Seminary has its own catalogued library with a large selection of new and old books relevant to academic study and spiritual reading. Seminarians also make use of the library at Notre Dame University Fremantle where the majority of formal academic study is undertaken.

Seminarians live in one of three modern villas, ‘MacKillop’, ‘Vianney’ and’ ‘DePaul’. Each villa has six self-contained bedrooms and provides a common lounge area, small kitchen area and laundry.

Vital to the life of the Archdiocese, the Seminary regularly welcomes visitors and hosts events throughout the year. Some of the events include Easter and Christmas celebrations, Friends of the Seminary events, Vocation Days and the annual St Charles Borromeo Day when priests and bishops who once spent time at St Charles’ as seminarians gather together to celebrate. There is also a number of Recollection Days throughout the year for seminarians to focus on their spiritual growth.