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About Us - St Charles Seminary

You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last.
JOHN 15:16

The place was then used as a ‘pre-seminary’, known as the St Charles’ Vocational. In late 1993 Archbishop Hickey announced the reopening of the seminary in 1994. In 2002, a further four buildings were constructed on the east side of the ‘ballroom’ to accommodate living quarters for up to eighteen seminarians and four priests.



The word ‘humilitas’, latin for ‘humility’, standing below a coronet, is part of the coat of arms of St Charles Borromeo.

The five silver stars represent the Southern Cross.

The black swan is the state emblem of Western Australia.
The motto, ‘Discite a Me’, latin for ‘Learn from Me’, was taken from the Gospel (Matthew 11:29) and indicates the call of Christ to follow His teaching. It also encourages all seminarians to imitate St Charles Borromeo as a model for all priestly virtues.

‘tollite iugum meum super vos et discite a me quia mitis sum et humilis corde et invenietis requiem animabus vestris’ - Matthew 11:29

The Bishops of Western Australia

Archbishop of Perth

Auxiliary Bishop of Perth

Bishop of Geraldton

Bishop of Bunbury

Our Patron - St Charles Borromeo

​St Charles Borromeo
Patron Saint of Seminarians

Born: 1538, Milan

Died: 1584, Milan

Feast Day: November 4

Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan and a leading figure in the Catholic Reformation.

Brought about significant reforms in the Church, most notably, the founding of seminaries for the formation of priests.