sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce seminarian (audio) \

Definition of seminarian

: a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church

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Recent Examples on the Web Before Trump visited the church, D.C. police removed an Episcopal priest and a seminarian from the property's patio, according to the priest. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "DC Episcopal bishop denounces lack of 'moral leadership' in Trump church visit," 2 June 2020 Established in 1872 by Bishop Bernard McQuaid, the first bishop of Rochester, O-Neh-Da was originally run by seminarians, and, later, by monks. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "Will the Coronavirus Be the End of the Communion Cup?," 24 May 2020 In a report published on Dec. 22 of last year, the Legion said an internal investigation identified 33 priests and 71 seminarians who had abused at least 175 minors over the past eight decades. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Vatican Researchers to Help Investigate Clerical Abuse," 3 Mar. 2020 That a cardinal would prey on seminarians is abhorrent. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: A Letter to Pope Francis," 31 Aug. 2018 The investigation reviewed personnel records for every priest serving in Missouri since 1945 — more than 2,000 priests and 300 deacons, seminarians and religious women, Schmitt said. Fox News, "Missouri AG refers 12 former Catholic priests for potential prosecution after abuse probe," 14 Sep. 2019 On its website, Incarnate Word claims to have priests, monks, and seminarians in 88 dioceses in 38 countries. Robert O’harrow Jr.,, "Cardinal McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to group led by cleric accused of sexual misconduct," 17 Feb. 2020 News of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of seminarians drove it even closer to home for future priests. Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, "After abuse scandals, seminarians pledge to ‘get it right’," 17 Feb. 2020 Set in a seminary in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War in the 1980s, the film tells the story of two young seminarians who must choose between faith and politics as the oppressive regime tries to control the Catholic Church. Sarah Hucal, ABC News, "Berlin Film Festival highlights dark themes on its 70th anniversary," 29 Feb. 2020

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Seminarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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: someone who is studying at a seminary

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