The diocese, which covers a rural area in the east of England and includes the national Marian shrine at Walsingham, is able to pay for the students’ training thanks to its Alive in Faith fundraising programme.
Last month the diocese gained its first new priest in four years. Fr Jaylord Magpuyo, who began his studies in the Philippines, was ordained at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich.
Fr Cleary, in a press statement, said the diocese had gone for many years without any seminarians at all.
He said it was his responsibility to accompany the men and visit them in their seminary at least once every academic year.
When he was training for the priesthood, he explained, seminarians had a much lower profile.
“Now, the progress and activities of our seminarians is charted in various diocesan communications, especially in the pages of Catholic East Anglia, our diocesan paper. Our seminarians also feature prominently in various diocesan celebrations, liturgies and events,” he said.