Seminary Formation

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons”

(Mk. 3:13-15).

Seminary formation is all about preparing you to serve Christ and his Church. The goal is for you to become a holy priest who can lead and pastor Christ’s flock as a parish in the diocese of Boston.

There are four primary areas of formation: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral. Focus on these areas ensures that you will grow in all aspects and emerge a mature man capable and ready to be ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

1) Human Formation

To know humanity means dedicating yourself to truth, compassion, justice, balance, and respect for every person. You must develop a healthy psychological and emotional life, mature friendships, right disposition toward authority and celibacy, leadership skills, and positive social interactions within a community.

At seminary you achieve this through contemplation and everyday interactions with brother seminarians, faculty, and formators, as well as through individual meetings with formation advisors, and group conferences and seminars.

Your human formation makes you a man capable of reflecting the human perfection shining forth in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Your personality will then become a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of humanity.

2) Spiritual Formation

The basic principle of spiritual formation is “to live in intimate and unceasing union with God the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit”. This union, a deep and lasting relationship with God, is His gift to you and your future ministry.

The priestly way of life is one of prayer, celibate chastity, mature obedience, simplicity of life, and social justice in imitation of Jesus Christ. “For every priest his spiritual formation is the core which unifies and gives life to his being priest and his acting as a priest”.

Spiritual Formation in the seminary includes having a Spiritual Director, a priest with whom you will meet on a regular basis. It also includes a life of prayer: daily Liturgy of the Hours, devotional prayer, regular Confession, devotion to the Blessed Mother, retreats, and days of personal reflection and meditation.

3) Intellectual Formation

Your intellectual formation means becoming a priest who seeks an ever-deeper knowledge of the divine mysteries. You do this so that you may go out and teach the Gospel to all people and bring them the eternal joy and salvation of Christ. As a His disciple, you not only learn about Christ, but about all things that will help you bring Christ to others.

Seminary intellectual formation deepens and prolongs the teaching that is part of every Christian’s life. It includes the study of Philosophy, as a preparation and foundation for Theological Studies. Typically, before ordination, you will earn a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts in Theology. These courses of study include a strong focus on Metaphysics Philosophy as well as Systematic, Moral, Scriptural, and Practical Theology, and other courses specific to Priestly Ministry.

4) Pastoral Formation

Pastoral formation is where everything comes together and you are formed into a true shepherd of souls after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ (teacher, priest, and shepherd). By the grace of Holy Orders, a priest stands and acts in the name and person of Jesus Christ in the community.

He effectively communicates the mysteries of faith.

• through his human personality as a bridge,
• through his personal witness of faith rooted in his spiritual life,
• and through his knowledge of faith.

This transition happens in stages with support at every step. Each year in seminary, you become more deeply involved in pastoral activity outside of the seminary community in parish settings and in charitable institutions (such as by visiting those in prison, hospitals, and homeless shelters). As you draw closer to ordination, you spend most of your time serving and residing at a parish. Then, in your final year and as an ordained Transitional Deacon, you enter intentionally into a particular parish.

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