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Praying Seminarian

Priestly Formation

As a community dedicated to the important mission of forming men for the priesthood, Mount St. Mary's Seminary is built on the four inter-related dimensions of priestly formation.

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Propaedeutic Stage

Now that the 6th Edition of the Program of Priestly Formation has been published, the Mount is excited to offer a home for the new stage of formation called “The Propaedeutic Stage.” The House of Formation is dedicated to Mount graduate Blessed Stanley Rother, the first American martyr.

This stage of priestly formation takes place before beginning the Discipleship Stage (i.e., before the study of Philosophy). It introduces the new seminarian to the spiritual life and provides a solid foundation in human formation.

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Human Formation

We provide solid human formation so that seminarians are balanced men, effectively mature, capable of relating well to others, of bearing the weight of pastoral responsibilities, and of living celibacy in a healthy manner.

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Spiritual Formation

We provide solid spiritual formation so that seminarians learn to live in intimate communion with God, to seek Christ in faithful meditation on the word of God and in active participation in the sacred mysteries of the Church, especially the Eucharist, Penance, and the Liturgy of the Hours, and to love and reverence the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Intellectual Formation

We provide solid intellectual formation so that seminarians grasp the Catholic intellectual tradition, are able to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Christ and to communicate the mystery of God to people today, and are equipped for the continuing pursuit of truth.

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Pastoral Formation

We provide solid pastoral formation so that seminarians learn to be shepherds imbued with the charity of Christ, filled with a missionary spirit, possessing pastoral competence and pastoral skills, especially through experiences in various ministries, including teaching, health care, and parish apostolates, developing a special loving commitment to the weak and vulnerable, the sick and dying, the poor and outcast, immigrants and the oppressed.

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