While prayer must be at the heart of the life of every
Christian, priests publicly and formally profess their willingness
to be known as men of prayer. Indeed, learning "how to be a priest"
is, in large part, learning how to be an authentic leader
of public prayer and a faithful practitioner of
Seminarians at Saint Meinrad participate daily in the
celebration of the Eucharist and, following the Liturgy of the
Hours, in the communal celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer.
Opportunities for the individual celebration of sacramental
reconciliation are offered throughout the week, as are regular
opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, the
Angelus, the rosary, and other traditional and seasonal
In addition to participating in the Days of Prayer offered
throughout the academic year and the twice-yearly Seminary
Formation Day, the seminary community makes a group retreat each
year. (First-year theologians make a separate eight-day, silent,
Seminarians are assisted in developing habits of private prayer,
including lectio divina and faithfulness to the
complete and daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, by
information presented in the classroom and by the accountability
offered through spiritual direction.
We consider the habit of daily prayer so central to our program
that, thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, we provide every
seminarian entering Saint Meinrad with the complete four-volume set
of the breviary.