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
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
The 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.
and concelebration of the Eucharist, 3 conferences, case studies, group
discussions, Q&A, personal study, vespers before the Blessed Sacrament.
day (usually Thursdays); weekly outing with all participants (usually Sunday
- visiting the important sights in Rome).
The topics will cover theology, pedagogy, pastoral ministry,
• 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 maturity
• The role
of psychology in the formation process
• Pastoral charity and
• Intellectual development and academic formation
HECTOR GUERRA, LC
, PHL, STL (MEXICO)
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,
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
PAOLO SCARAFONI, LC, PHL, ED.LR., STD (ITALY)
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
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.
ANTHONY BANNON, LC, PHL
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 Regina Apostolorum.
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)
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
MSGR. TONY 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
Via Pietro di Francisci snc
Tel: (+39) 06 66 52 61
•€2,100 due no later than upon
•Payment includes registration, room, board, and materials.
may be reduced for those proving a justified reason by
April 15, 2013.
•Completed enrollment form
of recommendation from Bishop or Major Superior
•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 26: Arrival for Spiritual Exercises (optional)
27-July 2: Spiritual Exercises
•July 3: Arrival for
•July 4-30: Course
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Rome, Italy
Tel. (39) 06 66527409
Fax (39) 06 66527410
"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
-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 Christ."
-Bernard Gordon (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)