Since 1991, 1,550 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
enjoyed the support of many bishops who have participated as
is meant to help diocesan bishops in the preparation and
ongoing formation of those who are dedicated to the formation
of future priests. It provides priests from various countries the
opportunity to apply the faith to current events as well
as offer a forum for exchanging ideas. We pay special
attention to the challenges that today’s culture presents. We offer
an integral vision of the formation process. And we also
go in more depth, in the workshop, both theoretically and
practically, into a particularly relevant formation theme - the identity
of the diocesan priest. Lastly, we enrich theoretical and pastoral
elements with a solid spirituality and priestly fraternity.
The course is open to bishops,
rectors, spiritual directors, and other seminary formators.
•June 25: Arrival for Spiritual Exercises
•June 26 - 01 July: Spiritual Exercises (optional)
•July 02: Arrival day
•July 03 - 29: Academic
•July 30: Departure
€ 2250 (to be paid before or
Payment includes registration, room and boards, meals, and course materials.
may be granted to those unable to pay the full
amount and provide a reasonable motive. Such petitions must be
made before January 15, 2015.
Languages: Simultaneous translation
will be provided in English, Italian, Spanish and French.
Daily activities: Lauds and concelebration of the Eucharist,
Vespers before the Blessed Sacrament.
Academic activities: Lectures, case studies, group discussions, question and answer sessions, personal
of topics: The topics will
cover theology, pedagogy, pastoral, and organizational themes.
•The ministerial role of a formator
•Principles of the formation
and the Identification with Christ
•Maturity and other aspects
of human formation
•The role of psychology in the integral formation process
•Pastoral charity and its
and academic formation
JESÚS VILLAGRASA, LC, STL, PhD (SPAIN) He is currently the Rector of the
Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum and spiritual director of philosophy and
theology students, and was a seminary formator in Chile. He
is the head of the Department of Metaphysics at the
Regina Apostolorum University 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 an editorial advisor for the journal
KEARNS, LC, PhL, STL (IRELAND) He has 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.
He is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of the weekly
newspaper, National Catholic Register.
ANTHONY BANNON, LC, PhL (IRELAND) He is a former provincial 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 on the
West Coast of the United States. He is the author
of several books on the 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
GONZÁLEZ, LC, STD (MEXICO) 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 Regina Apostolorum University in Rome.
MICHAEL RYAN, LC, PhD (IRELAND)
He specializes in pastoral themes, especially
social ethics, business ethics, matrimony, and the family. He had
served as the dean of philosophy in the Regina Apostolorum
University. His book on the importance of communication in marriage
entitled, The Last Straw, has been translated into five languages.
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 as well as the Pontifical Council for Pastoral
Health Care. He is professor at the Institut de Philosophie
Comparée in Paris (IPC). His books include: El Sexo Olvidado
(The Forgotten Sex) (1990), LAmour et le Préservatif (Love and
Contraception) (1995), Le Règne de Narcisse (The Kingdom of Narcissus)
(2005) and La Diferencia Prohibida (The Forbidden Difference) (2008).
A diploma is accredited through
the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum to all who participate in
the full course of academic activities.
Pontificio Collegio Iternazionale Maria Mater Ecclesiae
Via Pietro de Francisci s.n.c (Via
00165 Roma, Italia
"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
-Pierpaolo Cilla (Acerenza, ITALIA)
"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
-Bernard Gordon (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)