Pastoral Formation

Pastoral Formation serves as the effective culmination of the entire process of priestly formation. As John Paul II noted in Pastores Dabo Vobis, “the whole formation imparted to candidates for the priesthood aims at preparing them to enter into communion with the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd. Hence, their formation in its different aspects must have a fundamentally pastoral character” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 57).

 

The central goal of the Pastoral Formation Program is to form future priests who will be living images of Jesus Christ, to become more like Christ the Good Shepherd, men of deep humility and pastoral charity. Priests are to be “true shepherds of souls” (Optatam totius, 4) who teach, sanctify and govern while conforming their lives to Jesus Christ.

 

As a result, Saint Joseph’s Seminary offers a challenging and thorough Pastoral Formation Program which is carefully integrated with the human, spiritual and intellectual spheres of Seminary formation.

Throughout their eight semesters at Dunwoodie, seminarians are provided with multifarious opportunities for personal involvement in and practical exercise of pastoral ministry.

 

Active engagement in pastoral assignments is an essential part of the total formation of future priests, for it both draws from and further enriches the human, spiritual and academic aspects of the student’s formation. Through the Pastoral Formation Program, seminarians develop important pastoral skills which they will draw upon and develop further throughout their lives as priests.

 

Coordinated by the Director of Pastoral Formation, the Program of Pastoral Formation includes the following: the Field Education Program, the Pastoral Summer Internship Program, the Pastoral Spanish Language and Advanced Language Arts Programs, Pastoral Study Days and Pastoral Skills Workshops, Theological Reflection Evenings, Interfaith Seminary Dialogue, a Pastoral Profile and the Parish Administration Seminar Course.

Pillars of Formation

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

Human Formation, which is centered on Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is the necessary foundation of all priestly formation and every priest “should mold his human personality in such a way that it becomes a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ the Redeemer of humanity” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 43).

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The goal of the Spiritual Formation Program is to form future priests to be men who continually work to establish an intimate relationship with God the Father in Jesus Christ His Son through the Holy Spirit.

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The goal of the Intellectual Formation Program is, according to the Seminary’s Mission Statement, to form future priests “who are able to share in the three-fold office of Christ: teaching the Gospel, celebrating the divine mysteries and shepherding God’s people.”

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Pastoral Formation serves as the effective culmination of the entire process of priestly formation. As John Paul II noted in Pastores Dabo Vobis, “the whole formation imparted to candidates for the priesthood aims at preparing them to enter into communion with the charity of Christ the Good Shepherd. Hence, their formation in its different aspects must have a fundamentally pastoral character” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 57).

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