Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Priests: Ongoing Formation

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Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

For more than 150 years, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology has educated and formed diocesan priests for the Catholic Church. That mission now includes a venture, begun in 2004 with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., to help dioceses provide the ongoing formation needed for their priests.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates aims to help priests sharpen their skills for more effective ministry and to keep both priests and presbyterates holy, healthy and effective in various ministry settings and stages of life.

Facilitating the transition from seminary into parish ministry for newly ordained priests.

Facilitating the transition from seminary into parish ministry for newly ordained priests.
For Newly Ordained Priests

Helping new pastors acquire the knowledge and skills for their ministry

Helping new pastors acquire the knowledge and skills for their ministry
For the Newly Appointed Pastor

Renewing seasoned pastors for effective ministry

Renewing seasoned pastors for effective ministry
Renewal Days for Seasoned Pastors

Training seasoned pastors who have been chosen to mentor newly ordained priests and newly appointed pastors.

Training seasoned pastors who have been chosen to mentor newly ordained priests and newly appointed pastors.
Mentor Training

Building presbyteral unity with the bishop and among priests.

Building presbyteral unity with the bishop and among priests.
Programs For Presbyteral Unity

Cruise retreats to the Bahamas and Caribbean

Cruise retreats to the Bahamas and Caribbean
Cruise Retreats for Priests

Reinvigorating priests for new ministry challenges.

Reinvigorating priests for new ministry challenges.
Four-week mini-Sabbatical for Priests

Equipping international priests with the knowledge and skills to minister well in the United States.

Equipping international priests with the knowledge and skills to minister well in the United States.
For International Priests

Preparing priests for the transition into the retirement years.

Preparing priests for the transition into the retirement years.
Applying Creativity to Ministry in Retirement

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising
Partnering with Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

 

The Institute's programs help dioceses implement Pope John Paul II's  Pastores Dabo Vobis, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' document, The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests. Both documents stress the importance of formation for priests, both individually and as a member of the presbyterates to which they belong - the assembly of priests and their bishop in a particular diocese.