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Human Formation

To be a credible witness for Christ, a priest must be authentic, approachable, kind, and uncompromising in character as a Christian gentleman. His humanity must be a bridge and not an obstacle for others to encounter Christ.

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Seminarian Handbook

Seminarians use the handbook as a detailed description of the formation and evaluation program, finding clear expectations for daily life in the seminary and for the behavioral and attitudinal expectations regarding formation in celibacy.

Download the Handbook (.pdf)

Building a Foundation

As the foundation for the other three dimensions, human formation is treated first and foremost and it is considered the integrating dimension of priestly formation.

  • Individual Formation Advising / Counseling

    Each student meets regularly with a designated faculty member who guides him in the development of personal goals in light of the recommendations of the Admissions Committee, the expectations of the Church, and the Seminarian Handbook goals.

  • Formation Seminars/Workshops

    Workshops aide in the transition to the seminary and help to broaden knowledge in current affairs. Some topics of interest have been study skills, public speaking, friendships/boundries, working with women, multicultural ministry and leadership.

  • Peer Evaluations

    All students in their second and fourth years are asked to confidentially evaluate their classmates to give each student a deeper insight into himself and how he is being perceived by others.

  • Seminary Life

    Human formation happens informally through daily interaction of seminarians among themselves, with faculty and the wider university community, and through social events and field education placements.