Personal and social development are supported by a dedicated student-services staff.
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)
In Pastores Dabo Vobis, Pope John Paul II cites this passage from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews as affirmation of the "human character" of God's minister. Just as the humanity of Jesus Christ was the instrument of salvation, so the human character of his priests is the essential bridge connecting God's people to the redemptive gifts of Christ.
As sacramental representations of Christ, priests embody His humanity and way of life. Human formation is the foundation of the process that prepares seminarians to be fitting instruments of Christ's grace. Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology seeks to prepare well-integrated priests who take responsibility for their own emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual well-being.
Saint Meinrad's program of human formation fosters these qualities in seminarians:
A highly developed moral conscience and strong moral character
Openness to strong, empathetic relationships with others
The ability to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds without prejudice
The capacity for critical observation and analysis
Respect for one's own bodily integrity and health, including the skills and habits necessary to embrace a life of celibacy.
The ability and inclination to communicate well
The confidence and comportment necessary to serve as a public person representing the Church
Human formation encompasses student recreation and athletics; concerts, performances and lectures; psychological counseling; and an annual evaluation of a student's progress in formation.
Fr. Tobias Colgan, OSB
Sr. Diane Pharo, SCN