Continued Formation

Syllabus of our four year program:

Theology; Christology; Trinitarian Theology; Latin; Patristics; Sacred Scripture; Pastoral Liturgy; Homiletics; Apologetics; Preaching and Presiding; Pastoral Care; Sacramentology; Eucharistic Theology; Church History; Evangelization; Moral Theology; Eschatological History; Ethics.

Major Orders

The process for ordination is strengthening your spiritual life, and deepening your relationship with God and with Christ's Church. The third part of the actual process of formation is of course if you are continuing on for ordination as cleric, deacon and presbyter (priest). This begins with a formal petition of intention and a formal meeting with the Bishop.

In the Christian churches that have retained the fullness of the apostolic tradition, the ordaining person is the Bishop. Being in relationship with the Bishop is not about blind obedience, but, is a matter of thoughtfully receiving and acting upon direction given by him on an ongoing basis.

The Diaconate

Once you are ordained to the Diaconate, you will be able to assist at the Mass each day ,  assist the priests by presiding at Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, reading the Word of God and preaching.

Deacons may help to prepare couples for Christian Marriage. Deacons may certainly provide care and comfort to the living, and prayers on behalf of the deceased. Deacons may perform any or all of the traditional works of mercy: feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, visiting the sick and lonely, comforting the dying and speaking out publicly on behalf of society's neglected and oppressed.

Note Bene: The Pastoral formation process for profession of vows and/or ordination to major orders is in terms of accountability, measuring academic progress and personal growth, and determining readiness which is tabulated by the formation team.

Ordination to the Priesthood

Once you are ordained to the presbyterate (priesthood), you will need to continue your education in an ongoing fashion designed by our Dean of Formation Studies.

These may include subscribing to, and reading, informative periodicals, continuing to take advantage of outside courses, taking advantage of nearby workshops, conferences and seminars and having internet access is an infinite way of continuing education also.

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