Program of Priestly Formation
As Christ Loved the Church, a pastoral letter by our founding Archbishop, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., serves as the blueprint for priestly formation at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. The beginning of his letter, below, reflects on the long tradition of identifying four crucial pillars of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. Our seminary is committed to each of these. The web page for each pillar gives its description from Archbishop Chaput's pastoral letter.
Forming Tomorrow's Priests
The great Eastern Father Gregory Nazianzus wrote, "We must begin by purifying ourselves; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw close to God to bring him close to others, be sanctified to sanctify, lead by the hand and counsel prudently." John Paul II has echoed Nazianzus' insight in his conceptual division of priestly formation into four main areas of focus in Chapter 5 of Pastores Dabo Vobis.