Sts John and Paul Seminary – Nakhon Sawan Diocese, Thailand

Around 230km north of Bangkok lays the township of Nakhon Sawan, where the local minor Seminary, Sts John and Paul, is home to nearly 50 young men who are following their call to the priesthood.

The seminary offers these young men formation, education and practical opportunity to engage with the community, to help them prepare for their life as priests. Key focuses on spiritual, intellectual and physical formation; pastoral support; and community life are important aspects of the seminary.

The seminary has been split into three different bases across the three local regions, which offers the opportunity for men to join the seminary without needing to travel far from home. By reducing this barrier of distance, it is hoped that more prospective seminarians will join the seminary.

  1. “We come from everywhere in the diocese and from almost all tribes, such as Karens, Yao, Muser, Akha, and Hmong. We are together as one family in the seminary and be united through in liturgical celebration. In our seminary, we practice and learn about fellowship with God in our daily lives and also to help people and to prepare ourselves for being the dedicated priests to society. Now, our seminary has some projects; raising chickens, worm compost, mushroom and growing vegetables. We do everything to try to support ourselves.”
    Rattanachai Plinphan, Seminarian at Sts John and Paul Seminary