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FORMATION

FORMATION FOR PRIESTHOOD

All priestly formation takes place within the context of the Church as the Body of Christ and in relationship to the mission of the Church. Thus it is essential that the formation of the candidate for priesthood be integrated within the wider ecclesial dimension so that the candidate

understands his role as a priest to be the representative

and servant of the Church.

As a seminarian begins his priestly formation, he is called to deeply discern his vocational call and grow in many aspects of his life.  Seminary Formation formalizes this through the four dimensions of priestly formation.

Human

"...human personality of the priest is to be a bridge…"

Spiritual

"...live in intimate and unceasing union with God…"

Intellectual

"...acquire a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is… the one teacher..."

Pastoral

"...make them true shepherds of souls after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ..."

TIMELINE OF SEMINARY FORMATION

The typical seminary formation process is approximately 7-9 years.

College 2

Sophomore in College.

Pre-Theology 1

Those already with a college degree enter this 2-year program.

College 4

Senior in College.

Theology 3

Ordained a Deacon after Theology 3

Theology 2

2nd Year in Theology

Theology 1

 1st Year of Theology

Pastoral Year

Goes on an internship

College 1

Freshman in College

College 3

Junior in College

Pre-Theology 2

Finishing the 2nd year of the Pre-Theology program

After 4th year of Theology, ordination to the priesthood

Diaconate / Theology 4
Diaconate / Theology 4

Philosophy

Theology

Priesthood!