The mission of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is
the initial and ongoing formation of priests, permanent deacons,
and laity to minister together effectively in the service of the
Roman Catholic Church.
The long tradition and rich Benedictine heritage of Saint
Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology instill:
- a love of learning integrated with a lifelong seeking of
- a strong grounding in tradition and an ability "to attend to
the signs of the times" (Gaudium et spes, 4),
- a love of the Church's liturgy and a personal commitment to a
life of prayer and service,
- a sense of hospitality that welcomes Christ in each person and
in the community of disciples gathered in Christ's name.
Realizing the Mission
Realizing this mission requires attention to the distinctive
identity and formation of priests, permanent deacons, and laity as
well as the development of professional skills to assist them in
working together for effective ministry in the Church and for the
The mission is carried out through programs in three areas:
- Priesthood formation, Saint Meinrad's
traditional and central work, faithful to the teachings of the
Magisterium and in accord with Pastores dabo vobis and the
Program of Priestly Formation (5th Edition) of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prepares seminarians for
ministry in a multicultural Church. Ongoing formation for priests
is provided by the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.
- Permanent Deacon formation works in
partnership with dioceses to prepare men for diaconal ministry in
accord with The National Directory for the Formation, Ministry,
and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. Additional
offerings are provided for ongoing formation.
- Lay formation integrates human, spiritual,
intellectual and pastoral components directed toward Church
ministry and personal growth for youth and adults.
Updated February 2014