Papal Seminary

Ramwadi, Nagar Road, Pune 411014, India


Papal Seminary (PS), Pune, India, is a Catholic educational institute, primarily meant for the training of future priests of India. At the moment it caters to the formation of about 180 Seminarians from all over India

"Filii tui India, administri tibi salutis" (Your own sons, O India, will be the heralds of your salvation). These are the words with which Pope Leo XIII, a great visionary and a missionary, established the Papal Seminary.


Papal Seminary, Pune, is the national seminary for India, catering to the formation of seminarians from all over India.  As a national seminary, it serves all the three rites of the Catholic Church in India.

Founded in 1893 at Kandy, Sri Lanka, it was transferred to Pune in 1955.  Today it houses more than 160 seminarians who pursue their philosophy or theology studies, for whom Papal Seminary is “The Home of Love.”

Brief History

Papal Seminary has a long and colourful history beginning in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Pope Leo XIII had entrusted the task of founding Papal Seminary to Ladislaus Michael Zaleski, then Apostolic Delegate to India. 

It was shifted in 1955 to Pune, after India gaining independence.  St. (Pope) John Paul II visited Papal Seminary on Feb 10, 1986. 1993 was the centenary of Papal Seminary, which was celebrated in a grand manner. During this time Mother Teresa visited us.

In 2018 we celebrated  125 years of Papal Seminary's service to India and the Church.


The Papal Seminary endeavours to form priests imbued with the mind and heart of Christ, in communion with the Holy Father and the universal Church, prudent co-operators with the bishops of the respective dioceses, and capable of providing spiritual, intellectual and pastoral leadership to all people of good will.


This vision calls for an inculturated priestly formation in communion with the local church, in an atmosphere of guided responsible freedom. It aims at forming leaders for our churches deeply rooted in the multi-cultural and multi-religious traditions of India, who will reach out in humble, fraternal dialogue to men and women of other faiths, and in Christ-like solidarity and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized of our country, bringing to all the Christian message of peace, hope, joy and salvation.