The priest is one who not only offers the sacrifice of the Lord ritually in the Eucharist, but is one who, with all the baptized, must offer himself as a living sacrifice to God the Father for the good of the Church and all those he will serve (Phil. 2:17).
Speaking in New York Pope Benedict XVI encouraged American seminarians: "The People of God look to you to be holy priests, on a daily journey of conversion, inspiring in others the desire to enter more fully into the ecclesial life of believers. "
Pillars of Formation
"Priestly life lived in configuration to Jesus Christ, Head and Shepherd, must necessarily manifest and give witness to the radicalism of the Gospel." - The Program of Priestly Formation
Ark of the Covenant
“…The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium #10)
Desire of the Heart
“The desire of your heart is itself your prayer. And if the desire is constant, so is your prayer … Whatever else you may be doing, if you but fix your desire on God’s Sabbath rest, your prayer will be ceaseless. Therefore, if you wish to pray without ceasing, do not cease to desire … The constancy of your desire will itself be the ceaseless voice of your prayer.” (St. Augustine, In ps. 37).
“An essential element of spiritual formation is the prayerful and meditated reading of the word of God (Lectio divina)” (PDV #47).
Prayer of the Heart
Prayer is an act of faith and charity which brings the person who prays to “be with the One whom we know loves us” - (St. Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection).
Experience a day in the life of a Roman Catholic Priest, Fr. John Muir.
In times of joy and happiness, sadness and sickness, the Catholic Church has always been a foundation of support for the world. One of the pillars of the Church is the Priesthood. For 2000 years they have stood by the side of millions, guiding, protecting, administering, and leading them to Christ.
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Very Rev. Trung Nguyen, JCL, MDiv
As we enter the season of gratefulness (Thanksgiving) and longing (Advent,) I am reminded of those great men who have preceded me as rectors of St. Mary’s Seminary, especially Rev. William P. Barr, C.M., Msgr. Chester Borski and Rev. Brendan Cahill. Read more...
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As part of our daily prayer, we pray for all of our benefactors. The seminarians and faculty are well-aware that we are able to receive the education, housing and preparation for the priesthood only through the generosity of the People of God. Please be assured of our grateful prayers for your generosity. Learn How You Can Help >>