St Philip Neri Collegium

A Bridging Year for Seminary Candidates

The Collegium is a propaedeutic seminary founded by the Oratory. Candidates who express a vocation to the priesthood, but need a bridging qualification, can achieve this here, alongside valuable formation. The courses of training are aimed at the development of practical skills, language proficiency, knowledge of the fundamental teachings of the Church, and spiritual and liturgical formation.


Education and training is offered in four main focal streams:


Human Development


English: Reading; speaking and writing skills; study methods; examination proficiency; essay writing.

Enrichment courses focusing on communication, interpersonal and social skills.

Sports Activities: St Philips’ soccer team.


Spiritual & Faith Development


Prayer: Public and private prayer; The Divine Office; introduction to mental prayer

Liturgical singing including voice training and liturgical musical repertoire.


Academic Development


Introduction to the Bible: Old and New Testament.

Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a solid grounding in the teachings of the Catholic Faith.


Pastoral Exposure


Participation in the Parish life of St Bernadette’s.

Exposure to ministry in the Walmer Township.


Upgrading of Matric Results (Optional)


The Curriculum makes provision for students wishing to upgrade and rewrite matriculation subjects. Provision for this part of the course is by arrangement with the local Adult Education Centre.


Please address enquiries to:


The Rector

St Philip Neri Collegium

P.O. Box 5012



Port Elizabeth

South Africa


Tel. 041 581 0332 (Rector)

Tel. 082 732 9713 (Dean)

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Postal address:

P.O. Box 5012
Walmer 6065

Port Elizabeth

South Africa


Physical location:

Corner of 8th Ave & Fordyce Rd, Walmer


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Office (041) 581-2035

Out of hours (041) 581-6860
Fax:  086 543 7801



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