This course offers an updating for those who are dedicated to the formation of future priests.

It is primarily organised as an opportunity to study, analyse and share experiences between those formators who have the responsibility to accompany seminarians in their discernment, growing and maturity.

The programme is mainly based on the principles of the new Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, Pastores dabo vobis, and on the guidelines of the new Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests and of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

Target group

Rectors, vice-rectors, spiritual directors and other seminary formators.


July 1st (arrival day) to July 31st, 2019 (departure day)


Registration: € 2 300.00

It Includes: single room, tickets for the different cultural visits, Italian visa fees, medical insurance during the duration of the course, and legal fees.

It does not include: extra days,  airplane tickets and personal medical expenses.



The course is available to the following language groups:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portoguese



Pontificio Collegio Internazionale Maria Mater Ecclesiae

Largo Girolamo Minervini 3 (corner Via Pietro De Francisci)

00165 Rome, Italy

Tel. (+39) 06-665261

Course Programme and Speakers


The responsibility of formators is to accompany the discernment, growing and maturity of seminarians so that their hearts and lives can conform to the Lord Jesus. This course is aimed at developing competences in order to help formators to carry out their mission.

It is therefore desirable that, at the end of the process, participants have developed the following competences:

  • Accompany seminarians in their discernment, growing and maturity as future ministries of Jesus Christ with the spirit of shepherds and real spiritual fathers;
  • Develop comprehensive formation programmes and assess the attaining of the objectives expected for the formation of future priests;
  • Efficiently organise seminary life to create the right environment and tools for the formation of future priests.


The course is organised in a modular form and contains four modules:

 Basic Module

Objective: this module aims at referring to and further developing the fundamental principles which allow to efficiently organise the formation of priests.

  • Theology of the priesthood: identity and spirituality of the diocesan priest;
  • The seminary, ecclesial educational community;
  • Formation: social and cultural context, concept, principles, agents, etc.
  • The formators team: profile, mission, different types of formators, forums, etc.
  • Accompaniment, the formator’s task.

Specific module

 Objective: this module aims at helping formators develop some specific competencies for the attaining of their mission.

  • Formation programme and adaptation to the various stages of life;
  • Dimensions of priest integral formation:
  1. Spiritual dimension: prayer and the following of Christ;
  2. Human dimension: human development of the seminarian;
  3. Intellectual dimension: intellectual development and academic formation;
  4. Pastoral dimension: pastoral charity and its means;
  5. Community dimension; education for Church communion and liturgical formation.
  • The art of accompaniment to vocational discernment and priest formation:
  1. Vocational pastoral ministry; importance and vocational promotion;
  2. Minor seminaries;
  3. Vocational discernment criteria.
  • The contribution of psychology to formation and discernment processes.

 Additional Module

 Objective: this module aims at helping develop competencies which help in the management of such a complex environment as a seminary, which is a centre for the formation of future priests.

  • Key principles for the direction and management of a seminary, aimed at the attainment of the specific mission;
  • Administrative management.

Complementary module

Objective: this module contributes to providing formators with permanent formation, which will help them carry out their mission.

  • Specialized course on church life issues;
  • Extracurricular activities: cultural visits, pilgrimages, spiritual exercises, meetings with ecclesiastical authorities.


The course follows a theoretical and practical methodology which iimplies: doctrinal information from experts and activities aimed at developing and sharing experiences between formators, as well as well as applying theory to the practical cases participants deal with during their mission.

Some Members of the Academic Staff

  • Alex Yeung, LC  Formation in Communion
  • Mons. Esquerda Bifet Diocesan Priestly Identity
  • Edward McNamara, LC Liturgical Formation
  • Michael Ryan, LC The Human Development of the Seminarian
  • Josè Oyarzún, LC Intellectual Formation
  • Mons. Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong  Pastoral Formation
Course Requirements
  1. Online application form;
  2. A copy of Bishop’s Recommendation letter or general superior (please send a scanned copy with the application form and mail the original to the following address:  Sacerdos Institute Via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 00163 Rome, Italy);
  3. A copy of Curriculum Vitae;
  4. A copy of passport (Image and personal information). The passport must be valid through 6 months after date of the course;
  5. 1 small size profile photo.

Seminary Formators Course Registration

Please fill out the form below and we will contact you with further details.


Seminary Formators Course 2019 Form 1
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