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THE SEMINARY FORMATION PROGRAM

The seminary college follows the guidelines of the Program for Priestly Formation (PPF) as mandated by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).

PPF70. "The Seminary should have a precise program of life with one aim which justifies the existence of the Seminary: preparation of future priests." (Pastores dabo vobis, no. 61)

PPF71. The goal is the development NOT just of a well-rounded person, a prayerful person, or an experienced pastoral practitioner, but rather one who understands his spiritual development within the context of his call to service in the Church, his human development within the greater context of his call to advance the mission of the Church, his intellectual development as the appropriation of the Church's teaching and tradition, and his pastoral formation as participation in the active ministry of the Church.

PPF72. The human, spiritual, intellectual, & pastoral formation are to be read in this unified and integrated sense. They are interrelated aspects of a human response to God's transforming grace.

PPF73. Clearly human formation is the foundation for the other three pillars. Spiritual formation informs the other three. Intellectual formation appropriates and understands the other three. Pastoral formation expresses the other three pillars in practice.

PPF82. It is both possible and necessary to integrate human formation with the other three pillars of formation - the spiritual, the intellectual, and the pastoral. Human formation is linked to spiritual formation by the Incarnate Word and by the fact that grace builds on nature and perfects nature. Human formation is linked to intellectual formation by the cultivation of the human functions of perception, analysis, and judgment. It also contributes to intellectual formation by enabling seminarians to pursue theology as a response to the questions of the human condition. Human formation is finally linked to pastoral formation, which enables a priest to connect with and care for others with his human personality.