Our mission is to
assist bishops in preparing those who will be dedicated to
the transcendent task of forming seminarians. This course provides priests
from various countries the opportunity to apply the faith to
current events as well as offer a forum for exchanging
ideas. The course is both theoretical and practical, paying special
attention to the challenges that today’s culture presents, and offering
an integral vision of the formation process. The course is
enriched by a solid spirituality and priestly fraternity.
Since 1991, 1490 priests from 96 countries
and 672 dioceses have taken part in this course. In
addition to the annual international course, similar workshops have been
held at a national level in Colombia, Brazil, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia, the Philippines, Tanzania, Ghana and others. The international
course has also counted on the support of many bishops
who have participated as special invitees.
• Spiritual directors
• Other seminary formators
The Pontificial Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
will award course participants with a diploma. Full participation is
translation will be provided in English, Italian, Spanish, and French.
Lauds and concelebration of the
Eucharist, 3 conferences, case studies, group discussions, Q&A, personal study,
vespers before the Blessed Sacrament.
One free day (usually Thursdays); weekly
outing with all participants (usually Sunday - visiting the important
sights in Rome).
will cover theology, pedagogy, pastoral ministry, and organization.
• The ministry of the formation of priests
Principles of the formation process
• The ecclesial dimension of
the vocation and the seminary
• Identification with Christ and
• The seminarian and the importance of human
virtues and maturity
• The role of psychology in the
• Pastoral charity and its manifestations
development and academic formation
FACULTY (subject to change)
HECTOR GUERRA, LC , PHL, STL (MEXICO)
Former Territorial Director of the Legionaries of Christ in
Europe. He is author of several books on spirituality.
He is currently director of Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.
OWEN KEARNS, LC, PHL, STL (IRELAND)
been a guide in the United States for over 16
years for young men discerning the priestly vocation. He also
specializes in conferences and retreats for priests.
PAOLO SCARAFONI, LC,
PHL, ED.LR., STD (ITALY)
He is former Rector of
the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, and currently the Rector of the European University
of Rome, as well as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He has participated as a
panelist in various teleconferences organized by the Congregation for the
MIRANDA, LC, PHL, STD (SPAIN)
He has more
than 20 years of experience in the intellectual formation of
seminarians. He is Dean of the Faculty of Bioethics at
the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, and the Director of the
scientific journal, Studia Bioethica. He frequently participates in
debates and discussions on radio and television programs, particularly on
ANTHONY BANNON, LC, PHL (IRELAND)
He is former
Territorial Director of the Legionaries of Christ in
North America and is a highly experienced formator of seminarians.
At present, he dedicates himself to the spiritual guidance of
priests, seminarians and youth and oversees the development of the
apostolic work of Regnum Christi in Ireland. He
is the author of several books on vocation and discernment:
Peter on the Shore, Vocation: Questions
and Answers, Launch into the Deep (Circle Press).
He is also the director of the website www.vocation.com.
ROBERTO GONZÁLEZ, LC,
He has many years of experience in preaching
spiritual exercises to priests and seminarians, as well as offering
spiritual direction to seminarians. He worked for the Congregation for Bishops for more than 15 years and is
currently a Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.
MICHAEL RYAN, LC, PHD (IRELAND)
specializes in pastoral themes, especially social ethics, business ethics, matrimony,
and the family. He had served as Dean of Philosophy
and is presently Director of the Fidelis Institute at the
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.
His book on the importance of communication in marriage entitled,
The Last Straw, has been translated into five
JESÚS VILLAGRASA, LC, STL, PHD (SPAIN)
He is currently the spiritual director
of philosophy and theology students, and was a seminary formator
in Chile. He holds the chair of Metaphysics at the
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and is
a member of the International Society of St.
Thomas Aquinas (SITA). He has published numerous books and articles,
including an analysis on the challenges presented by globalization. He
is Editorial Advisor of the journal Ecclesia.
ANATRELLA, SJ (FRANCE)
He is a Psychoanalyst and specialist
in Social Psychiatry. In 2007, he was appointed by Benedict
XVI as consultant for the Pontifical Council
for the Family and for Pastoral Health Care.
He is a Professor at the Institut de
Philosophie Comparée in Paris (IPC). His books include: El Sexo Olvidado (The Forgotten Sex) (1990), L´Amour et le Preservatif (Love and Contraception)
(1995), Le Regne de Narcisse (The
Kingdom of Marcissus) (2005) and La Diferencia Prohibida
(The Forbidden Difference) (2008).
PONTIFICIO COLLEGIO INTERNAZIONALE MARIA MATER ECCLESIAE
Pietro di Francisci snc
Tel: (+39) 06 66
(subject to change)
•€2,100 due no later than upon arrival.
•Payment includes registration, room, board, and materials.
•The price may
be reduced for those proving a justified reason by [to
•Completed enrollment form
recommendation from Bishop or Major Superior
•Recent photograph (wallet-size)
All documents must arrive by April 2015. (They
may be sent via email or fax by the deadline,
but all originals should be sent by mail before the
beginning of the course.)
CALENDAR 2015 (to be determined)
•Arrival for Spiritual Exercises (optional)
•Arrival for Course
Fr. Hector Guerra, LC
Via degli Aldobrandeschi,
00163 Rome, Italy
Tel. (39) 06 66527409
(39) 06 66527410
WORDS OF PRAISE
"The course has given
me a new meaning to my priesthood. It has broadened
my horizon on my work. There is now the urge
in me to do more to help young people who
express the desire to become a priest. I have realized
the need to do more in accompanying my seminarians to
respond positively to the call of God. I want to
thank the organizers for this wonderful program. The seminarians were
wonderful in their service to make us happy. They really
inspired me. God bless them and lead them to his
altar." -Fr. Anthony Appiah (Tamale, GHANA)
"The course for me was a launching pad for my
seminary work. I’ve been a formator for only two years
now, and I see how I needed to better plan
out my goals, means and methods for formation. I would
say that, for my life, the course has met my
expected goals. We won’t find perfeciton in this world, but
this course has marked my life greatly, in particular through
the experiences of International eclesial comunión and the witness of
so many brothers in the priesthood, seminarians and their formators.
It’s really been a good course!"
"I have found this
course a very good introduction for my work as formator.
The meeting with priests from around the world and the
excellent service and good example of prayerfulness from the brothers
of the legionaries of Christ."
-Bernard Gordon (Sydney,