Saint John’s Seminary

St. John’s Seminary is an institution based in Camarillo, California, and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Its Master’s degree in Divinity is considered a first professional program for Catholics. For non-Catholics, it also provides a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. Seminarians interested in theological studies and research can earn both their first professional and Master of Arts degree at the same time.

St. John's Seminary was established on September 12, 1939. The land where the initial campus was built (100 acres) was donated by Juan Camarillo, Jr. a wealthy landowner and philanthropist. As per the wishes of Juan Camarillo, the seminary was named after St. John the Evangelist. St. John Seminary was first accredited in 1976 by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States. It was previously accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Ammerican Association of Theological Schools.

St. John's Seminary launched its first bachelor's degree in 1961. In 2002, the school refocused its efforts on graduate training. Given its low attendance and graduation rates, consideration to was given to closing St. John's in 2005, however, the seminary contitues to enroll and graduate students almost ten years later.

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