Seminarian Formation

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18-20

The Seminary Formation program is designed utilizing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Program for Priestly Formation: Fifth Edition and St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Pastores dabo vobis and draws upon the 1500-year-old Benedictine tradition of the monks of Conception Abbey with the goal of preparing those discerning a vocation to the ministerial priesthood.

It is centered around forming seminarians in the four pillars of priestly formation:

  • Human Formation
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Intellectual Formation
  • Pastoral Formation

Upon completion of the Seminary Formation program, seminarians are prepared in all the areas necessary to continue their seminary formation and a graduate level of theological study.

Seminarians will find that the holistic approach of Conception Seminary College’s formation program will guide them in their vocational discernment. As a helpful guide and resource to that discernment, the Seminarian Handbook is intended to promote the values and lifestyle of priestly formation. It presents Conception’s philosophy of priestly formation and the programs that realize it, information about student services and activities and seminary policy and procedures.

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