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Propaedeutic Stage

“All priestly formation must have its foundation in an adherence to the truths of faith about the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood” (PPF, § 23).

In the fall semester of 2023 Conception will implement a new formational structure to the seminary called for by Program of Priestly Formation (PPF). The new initial stage of formation, called the propaedeutic stage, responds to the growing need for deliberate and intentional focus on human and spiritual formation. It provides men with the necessary groundwork to engage in quality and faithful priestly formation and future ministry in your diocese (PPF, § 119, 130).

Conception Seminary College is ideal for this critical ministry. Located in a rural environment and supported by a long-standing Benedictine tradition, we have a 140-year history of forming men for the priesthood. We have passionate and dedicated faculty and staff committed to seeing the Church grow in pastoral zeal, academic excellence, and holiness. And our program fosters trust in formation, the importance of community and service, and a love of one’s diocese and her people.

The men in the propaedeutic stage is a contiguous twelve-month program of formation are a unique community within the wider seminary community, having their own schedule, dedicated formation director, living space, and formation sequence (PPF, § 128) in all dimensions: human, spiritual, pastoral, and intellectual.

A critical component of the propaedeutic stage is that the seminarian is to show growth in various benchmarks of formation (PPF, § 191):

The Seminary Formation program is centered around forming seminarians in the four dimensions:

 

The Human Formation Dimension focuses on:

  • Capacity for self-knowledge
  • Relational skills & communication
  • Self-discipline & capacity for hard work
  • Developing a trusting relationship with formators

The Spiritual Formation Dimension focuses on:

  • Elementary discipline in public and private prayer
  • Cultivate and appreciate silence
  • Growth in understanding of the celibate life and of
  • the priestly vocation
  • Ability to articulate a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Familiarity with Sacred Scripture

The Intellectual Formation Dimension focuses on:

  • General education courses
  • Catechetical and Scripture courses
  • Liberal arts courses
  • Classes assist in human and spiritual formation

 

Sample Schedule 

6:45 a.m.

Meditation period followed Morning Prayer
8:30–11:30 a.m. Classes, Meetings, Study
11:45 a.m. Eucharist
1:40 – 3:30 p.m. Classes, Meetings, Study
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Team Sports/Exercise
5:15–5:45 p.m. Group Reflection Period
5:50 p.m. Evening Prayer
7:30–9:30 p.m. Optional Study Hall
[ 7:15–8:15 p.m. ] Holy & Life-Giving Seminar (Wednesdays)
9:45 p.m. Night Prayer / Examen
(followed by night silence)
Saturdays Poverty Immersion, Work Day, Campus Events, or Leisure

 

Contact us:

(660) 944-2886
admissions@conception.edu

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