Priestly Formation

To form holy, intelligent, competent, pastorally-engaged men who know how to continue the work of Christ by generating anew the mystery of the Church in the world, this in brief, is the demanding goal of priestly formation. The formation of priest cannot be understood except through a rich interconnection of relationships. His human formation begins in the family where he learns to be a son and a brother; it continues in the seminary where he opens himself to be formed as beloved son of the Church through his human and community formation. His intellectual formation trains him to imitate Christ as Prophet and Teacher, steeping him in the intellectual tradition of Catholicism. From the fount of his spiritual life springs his imitation of Christ the Head and Good Shepherd, who bestows on his flock the pastoral charity of the fatherhood of God and the sensitivity to live by the power of the Spirit. The Seminary of Christ the King also has the tradition of training the Benedictine monks who conduct it. The Benedictine tradition leads one to the integration of prayer, work, study and Christ centred service to the Church. This dimension opens formation at the Seminary of Christ the King to nurturing religious vocations as well. There is a special emphasis on the liturgical, spiritual and community formation of all the seminarians.