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.
• Other seminary formators
Pontificial Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum will award
course participants with a diploma. Full participation is required.
Simultaneous 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
The topics 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 prayer life
• The seminarian and the importance of human virtues and
• The role of psychology in the formation process
• Pastoral charity and its manifestations
• Intellectual development and
FACULTY (subject to change)
HECTOR GUERRA, LC , PHL,
He is 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)
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.
PAOLO SCARAFONI, LC, PHL, ED.LR.,
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 Clergy.
GONZALO 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 bioethical themes.
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, 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 Pontifical Athenaeum
MICHAEL RYAN, LC, PHD (IRELAND)
He 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 languages.
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.
MSGR. TONY ANATRELLA, SJ
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
Via Pietro di
Tel: (+39) 06 66 52 61
no later than upon arrival.
•Payment includes registration, room, board,
•The price may be reduced for those proving
a justified reason by April 15, 2013.
•Completed enrollment form
•Letter of recommendation from Bishop or Major
•Recent photograph (wallet-size)
All documents must
arrive by April 15, 2013. (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.)
•June 27: Arrival for Spiritual Exercises
•June 28-July 2: Spiritual Exercises
•July 3: Arrival for Course
•July 4-30: Course
•July 31: Departure
Fr. Hector Guerra, LC
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Rome, Italy
Tel. (39) 06 66527409
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)
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!"
-Pierpaolo Cilla (Acerenza,
"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, AUSTRALIA)