Community of Ongoing Formation
Priests themselves are in need of ongoing formation. Saint John Paul II in his post-synodal exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis (“I will give you shepherds”) wrote that “permanent formation is a requirement of the priest’s own faithfulness to his ministry, to his very being. It is love for Jesus Christ and fidelity to oneself. But it is also an act of love for the People of God, at whose service the priest is placed.”
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary welcomes priests desiring a sabbatical or a time and place to do academic research, or any Roman Catholic priests seeking bi-ritual faculties to our Community of Ongoing Formation.
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary’s program for priests seeking bi-ritual faculties is an on-campus program lasting one academic year (or first semester of one year and second semester of another year). The convenience of living at the Seminary in a community of formation with a complete schedule of liturgical services, food service, and housing in a private room/bath of the Seminary annex provides adequate comfort for necessary learning and rest. Attendance at liturgical services together with the following required courses (taken for credit or audited) constitutes the structure of this program:
- Introduction to Dogmatics
- Introduction to Liturgy/Sacraments
- Foundations of Spirituality
- Introduction to Music
- Chant I
- 4 Liturgical Practicum courses
- Comparative Liturgical Calendars and Canon Law – East and West (may be directed independent study)
The following are due by May 1st for admittance in the following academic year:
- Application form, printed from this link
- Letter of good standing from the priest’s bishop or superior and the following safe environment documentation: Criminal background clearance; Child abuse history certification; Signed Archeparchial Code of Conduct; and attestation to the completion of safe environment training. All of these documents must be no more than five years old at the time of the priest’s completion of his program at the Seminary.
- Letter of sponsorship to be formed for bi-ritual faculties from bishop or superior
- Recent photograph
- For priests wishing to earn academic credit for courses taken, the application process for non-matriculating students must be completed as well.
Costs and Fees:
- Housing $3,600 per semester
- Food $2,000 per semester
- Bi-ritual program required courses $5,775 total tuition (at audit rate)*
*tuition varies according to individualized curriculum
Priests in the bi-ritual program are billed following the beginning of each semester.