|Pillar I: Human Formation|
|Pillar II: Spiritual Formation|
|Pillar III: Intellectual Formation|
|Pillar IV: Pastoral Formation|
|The Formation Schedule|
|Special Formation Programs|
|The Pre-Theology Program|
Like all U.S. seminaries, Saint Vincent seeks to “foster the formation of future priests by attending specifically to their human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation,” the four pillars of priestly formation presented by Pope John Paul II in the 1992 Apostolic Exhortation Pastores dabo vobis, and applied to the USCCB’s fifth edition of the Program of Priestly Formation, published in 2006 (no. 70). However, each seminary approaches these formation pillars in a manner that is unique to its institutional charism. For Saint Vincent Seminary, these “pillars” are understood as inter-relational dimensions that must be presented in an integrated manner, yet without compromising the unique character of each.
Saint Vincent Seminary requires priesthood candidates to complete a program of priestly formation that requires at least four years. An average course load consists of 16 credits per semester for eight semesters. Those who have not met the requirements for admission into the Seminary’s four-year Priestly Formation Program may be admitted into the Seminary’s Pre-Theology Program, which is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree but are lacking in the philosophical, spiritual and religious foundation required for admission to first theology.
The Seminary is open to accepting undergraduate students who have successfully completed two full years of undergraduate work in an accredited college. They will take classes at Saint Vincent College to complete an undergraduate degree. They will participate in the Seminary’s pre-theology program and live in the Seminary community, while they finish their undergraduate work.
Formation Program Handbook: This provides an overview of our formation goals and the qualities and characteristics seminarians are expected to develop during this time of formation. Each seminarian is principally responsible for his own formation. The faculty and administration fully expect a seminarian to participate in all of the formation opportunities presented for his personal growth. This includes carefully reading through the Formation Program Handbook and reviewing it periodically in order to mark one’s progress in personal growth. Failure to fully engage the formation process may result in dismissal from the Seminary.
The goals of the priestly formation program are as follows:
All applicants for priestly formation receive sponsorship from a diocese or religious order. The sponsoring diocese or religious order indicates sponsorship in a letter issued to the Seminary Academic Dean. A number of other documents are also required before the Admissions Committee can consider an applicant:
Notice: No acceptance letter will be sent until ALL documents have been received.
The Seminary expects applicants to meet the requirements for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program. Thirty credits in philosophy and twelve credits in undergraduate theology are required for priesthood candidates by The Program of Priestly Formation, fifth edition (no. 161). Students lacking philosophy and theological studies prerequisites can enroll in the Seminary’s pre-theology program.