The Venerable English College exists to prepare men to serve as priests in England and Wales.
It provides an environment in which seminarians can live the spirituality of a diocesan priest over several years and so discern if this is their calling. The College offers a home to a small number of priests pursuing further studies as well.
The preparation can be described under four headings
The College has a staff of five priests from English dioceses to oversee the programme of formation - a Rector, Vice-Rector, Pastoral Director, Academic Tutor and Spiritual Director. The Rector and Vice-Rector are assisted in their management of the College by a lay administrative staff.
The English College offers the opportunity to prepare for priesthood in England and Wales alongside priests, seminarians and religious from every Continent studying at the Pontifical Universities (the Gregorian and Angelicum). Seminarians complete their university studies with a Licence (S.T.L.) after seven years.
Whether or not a man proceeds to ordination, he is invariably grateful for the time spent at the English College. Those who are ordained find they draw for the whole of their priestly ministry on the experience of having lived and studied in the unique institution known across the globe as the 'Venerabile'.