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
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.
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
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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