Life in the seminary is similar to that of a college or graduate student in respect to attending a regular class schedule. However, seminarians live by a rule focused on prayer, the sacraments, and the individual formation of each man towards ordination to the Priesthood.
Each day is structured according to that rule. Seminarians live in community with each other gathering throughout the day for prayer, Mass, and common meals. Part of each seminarian's formation includes coursework, regular spiritual direction and mentoring, pastoral fieldwork, and parish assignments.
FOR SEMINARIAN APPLICANTS
A man may be eligible to apply for Seminary within the Archdiocese of Newark only after having completed the Inquiry and Aspirancy stages of the discernment journey and after receiving the formal invitation of the Vocations Director of the Archdiocese.
Is there parking available?
We have free parking at the hotel and keep all guests car keys in the office and shuffle cars around to accommodate free parking for all guests. We move cars to the street and double park cars to accommodate all our guests. If guests do not wish to leave their car keys at the front desk, there is plenty of free street parking.
How is parking throughout Key West?
Parking throughout Key West is difficult. We suggests parking your car and leaving it during your vacation. We are located in downtown so you can easily walk, bike or scooter anywhere with ease.
What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in time is 4:00pm
Check-out time is 11:00am – if you just can’t stand to leave Key West and want to check out late – you can pay $75 to stay later in the day and enjoy some more time in sunny Key West.
Where do I check-in?
All guests check in at our lobby at 913 Duval Street. We will give each guest a map to show where your room is located.
What are our reservation & deposit policies? That depends on the type of reservation you are making
Regular reservation – a deposit is taken for the first night plus tax. It is completely refundable until 2 weeks before your arrival date. After this time, your deposit is non-refundable
Upon check-in – the remaining balance on your reservation is due
Advanced Purchase – Reservations made 21 days prior to your arrival date are eligible for the 15% discounted advanced purchase rate. The entire reservation amount is due at time of booking and is non-refundable.
How old do I have to be to make a reservation at Key West Hospitality Inns?
Do you allow pets?
Yes! We love all of our furry guests! We have designated rooms that are pet friendly, so please confirm you have a pet friendly room when you make your reservation. There is a $20 per night fee for each pet.
Do you serve a continental breakfast?
We serve a lovely continental breakfast around our pool every morning for guests staying at Wicker Guesthouse.
Guests at Colors on White and an Island Oasis do not have a continental breakfast included.
How many people can I fit in a room?
Rooms with 1 bed can fit up to 3 people in the room. There is only 1 bed, so it you need a 2nd bed in the room, please let the front desk know when making your reservations so we may put a rollaway bed in your room before your arrival. There is a $20 per night fee for a rollaway bed.
Rooms with 2 beds can fit up to 5 people in the room. There is only 2 beds, so it you need a 3rd bed in the room, please let the front desk know when making your reservations so we may put a rollaway bed in your room before your arrival. There is a $20 per night fee for a rollaway bed.
There is no additional fee for children and cribs.
What’s there to do in Key West?
Our front desk staff is highly knowledgeable and can help you with any type of reservation or adventure you are interested in. At no extra cost! Whether that be, snorkeling, scuba diving, dinner reservations, sunset sails, kayaking and so many more! Check out our Activities page to see the full list.
Can I store my luggage if I arrive before check-in time or after check-out
Yes! You may store you luggage with our front desk staff at any time before or after your stay.
Am I allowed to smoke at the hotel?
All of our rooms are non-smoking rooms. But there are places to smoke outside of your room.
Men who wish to enter the seminary immediately following High School, or those who have not yet completed a Bachelor's Degree, will enter The College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception - St. Andrew's Hall. The College Seminary has a clear mission: to provide the foundation for a young man discerning a call to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Students pursue this mission through the first-class academic resources of Seton Hall University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Catholic Theology and Philosophy, an integrated program in Christian formation, and through the daily experience of opening one's self to the transforming power of God's grace.
The College Seminary prepares a young man to discern the Roman Catholic priesthood by focusing on the four pillars of development: human, pastoral, spiritual, and intellectual. Students live and participate in seminary activities at St. Andrew's Hall, located several blocks from the main campus of Seton Hall. The seminary building combines student rooms, common areas, and a private chapel to further the development of each student.
Men who have already completed a bachelor's degree will be considered for formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. ICS is the Graduate School of theology of Seton Hall University and the major seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. As a house of formation, the Seminary offers men preparing for priesthood the personal, academic, ministerial and spiritual formation essential for conversion to Jesus Christ and their commitment to a life of service to the Church as Roman Catholic priests.
Seminarians at ICS spend 4-6 years in formation and graduate-level studies towards a Master of Divinity degree and eventual ordination to the Priesthood.
The Archdiocese of Newark is blessed to be home to Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, located in Kearny. Redemptoris Mater Seminaries are missionary diocesan seminaries located throughout the world. The seminarians here receive the same theological formation as the other diocesan seminarians (receiving BA in Catholic Theology and Philosophy/Master's in Divinity from Seton Hall University). Although they come from all over the world, upon completion of their formation, they are ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Newark.
A characteristic of these Redemptoris Mater Seminaries is that they are international: they are for the whole world and at the service of the Church and are linked to the Neocatechumenal Way. Experience has shown that the combining of a way of initiation to the Christian life - the Neocatechumenal Way - with the formation of the presbyter is a great help for the psychological, affective and human development of the candidates. (Before being presbyters they are Christians, and in the way of faith they learn prayer, obedience, the sense of the Cross, to be in communion, etc.) Above all, it is a help in uniting the mission with the parish, since the Neocatechumenal Way is a time of formation that finishes in the parish with living, adult, missionary communities united to the parish priest and the bishop.