Priests: Ongoing Formation
Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
For nearly 160 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.
The Institute's programs are designed to complement dioceses' implementation of Pope St. John Paul II's Pastores Dabo Vobis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests, and the 2013 edition of Congregation for the Clergy's Directory on the Life and Ministry of Priests.
Each of these attests to 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.