Permanent Diaconate

St. Leo University

Saint Leo University is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal-arts based university founded by the order of Saint Benedict and chartered as the first Catholic college in the state of Florida in 1889. It is among the twenty largest Catholic institutions in the United States and is a member of the national Catholic Education Association and Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

As Saint Leo University aspires to attain its lofty vision of “a Catholic teaching university of international consequence for the 21st century”, it seeks to remain rooted in and to reflect the spiritual heritage and values of its 1500 year old Benedictine tradition.

University Campus, located about 25 miles from Tampa, Florida, is the academic center and administrative headquarters of the University’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Social Studies and continuing education. The central campus provides a traditional residential learning environment, opportunities for weekend and evening studies, and graduate programs.

In the pivotal year 1974, Saint Leo University began to extend its horizons and boundaries beyond its Florida campus. The University responded to requests from the armed services to offer degree programs on military installations. Since that date, Saint Leo has become the sixth largest provider of higher education for military personnel in the country.

In 1994, Saint Leo expanded its service to working adults through a series of agreements with community colleges in Florida.

From these beginnings, Saint Leo has established fourteen extension centers in the states of Florid, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. The University is now international in scope including relationships with colleges and universities in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Chile, and China.

As Saint Leo entered the new millennium, yet another generation of higher education had arrived. In 1998, the University responded to the challenge and introduced degree programs over the Internet. In a few short years, Saint Leo has emerged as a leading provider of distant learning online education.


  • Traditional transfer credit from colleges and universities. College credit from regionally accredited institutions as recognized. Credit earned 25 years or more will be evaluated course-by-course. Credit from foreign institutions must be evaluated course-by-course by an approved agency such as World Education Services (WES). All credit hours are accepted from accredited institutions granting baccalaureate degrees. A maximum of 64 semester hours is accepted form community or junior colleges.
  • Military service courses and training (maximum 33 semester hours)
  • Police/Fire Academy training experience (maximum 24 semester hours)
  • Advance Placement Examination (score of 3 or higher)
  • Standardized examinations e.g. Excelsior, CLEP, DANTES (maximum 40 semester hours)
  • Credit recommended by the American Council on Education and published in the National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs
  • The Directory of the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction conducted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York
  • International diplomas evaluated by an international evaluation agency to exceed academic work beyond the high school level


Deacon Kelley Culver


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