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History of Saint John Paul II Minor Seminary

Saint John Paul II Minor Seminary was built in 2007 prepare high school student for the Major Seminary, through the initiative of Most Reverend Gabriel V. Reyes, D.D. Diocesan Bishop of Antipolo from 2003 to 2016. In his letter dated July 15, 2006, he announced the construction of the minor seminary and urged each parish to bring in at least two candidates. The seminary board initially chose the name Our Lady of Antipolo Minor Seminary. The first building was blessed on August 3, 2007 by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales, D.D., Archbishop of Manila. The following year, the second building was blessed by His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, D.D., Archbishop of Cebu. During the term of Rev. Fr. Mabini O. Cabildo as the first Rector from 2007-2010, the name became John Paul II Minor Seminary. The second seminary Rector from 2010-2011 was Rev. Fr. Joselito A. Santos. From 2011-2016, Rev. Fr. Jose C. Bautista served as the third seminary Rector. The current Rector, who began in 2016, Rev. Fr. Neil Vincent M. Tacbas. During his term, the namesake of the seminary was canonized, which was why our formation house became Saint John Paul II Minor Seminary.


Message of the Director


School Director

…That all maybe ONE as your FATHER, are in me, and I in you… (Jn 17:20-21)

Amidst this trying time, the prayer and call of Jesus for UNITY, is an encouraging invitation and reminder for us all, to withstand the new normal orientation in educating our learners, for this school year 2020-21.

Our initiative in putting our resources together in our educational system, is an indication of ONENESS for comprehensive and timely responses to the signs of the times, with all the limitations and uncertainties that came our way.

The journey towards our adjustment is indeed challenging.  Hence, our continued support as “ONE FAMILY” will certainly ease the tensions of current endeavor.

Let us be UNITED as we journey towards the threshold of the NEW NORMAL.

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit keep us one in FAITH and SERVICE.


Admission Policies and Guidelines

A. Phase One: Application Process. The applicant gives the following documents to the Office of the Seminary Secretary:

1. Letter of Intent to enter the Seminary (Appendix 1)
2. Recommendation from the Parish Priest
3. Form 138 (Report Card)
4. Certificate of Live Birth
5. Parent’s Certificate of Marriage
6. Certificate of Baptism
7. Certificate of Confirmation
8. 1×1 and 2×2 recent ID Picture
9. 4R recent Picture (whole body)
10. Recent Medical Certificate of Good Health

B. Phase Two: Entrance Test. The applicant goes to Our Lady of Peace School Guidance Testing Center upon confirmation of his test schedule. He takes three exams;

2. Otis-Lennon
3. BarOn

He must pass the exam to be considered for next phase of application process.

C. Phase Three: Interview

The applicant goes to Saint John Paul II Minor Seminary for the series of interview. If he passes, then the continues to Phase Four.

D. Phase Four: Live-in Screening

This is a 3-day and 2-night experience of seminary life for the applicants. While he is there, he will be evaluated according to his participation and involvement in the different activities. His over-all performance and behavior will be the basis for his admission or non-admission.

E. Phase Five: Final Deliberation and Formal Acceptance

On the last day of the Live-in Screening, the Rector will issue an official and final decision about an applicant’s admission/non-admission through a letter addressed to the parents.


1. Give all requirements to the Secretary’s Office.
2. Carry out Enrollment Form
3. Continue to the Finance Office for Assessment and Payment of Fees.
4. Continue to the Offices of the Prefect of Discipline and the Prefect of Studies for signature
5. Continue to Office of the Rector for approval and return the Enrollment Form to the Secretary.

School Calendar S.Y. 2020-2021

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