Quigley Scholars are high school men who feel God is speaking to them in a real way and who want to enter more deeply into a conversation with Him. They are serious about living their Catholic faith and want to talk about it and study it further. And they feel that God might actually be asking them to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic priest.

Quigley Scholars make a commitment to:


Attend a formation meeting once a month

We meet once a month from September through May. The evening includes prayer, reflection time, Mass, dinner with the seminary community, and faith sharing and catechesis with college or major seminarians.

Quigley Scholars formation nights are held on Wednesday evenings in Chicago at Saint Joseph College Seminary or on Thursday evenings in the northern suburbs at Mundelein Seminary.


The heart of our relationship with God lies in sharing our life with Him, and sharing His life. We nurture this relationship through our personal daily prayer and by participating in the sacramental life of the Church. Our Quigley Scholars know that prayer is one of the most important ways we can be open to the ways God calls us.

Attend Mass

The Eucharist is central to the life of every Catholic and especially to those who feel a call to priesthood. Our Scholars regularly attend Sunday Mass and even daily Mass if it is possible and available.

Participate in Youth Activities if Needed

At times, the Quigley Scholars are asked to help the Vocation Director with different vocation events during the year. In doing so, Quigley Scholars witness that God is actively calling people to serve the Church, and they encourage others to respond to God's call even as they are trying to do themselves

Meet with the Priest Sponsor

Once a month, the priest who sponsors a Quigley Scholar meets with him to discuss his spiritual life and the ways God is working in the Scholar’s life. The Priest Sponsor may be a pastor, an associate pastor, or even one of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Associate Vocation Directors.