Cardinal George Visits Seminary As Part of IPF Symposium

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Francis Cardinal George gives the opening address at the Institute for Priestly Formation Symposium at St. John Vianney on February 19, 2015.

This past weekend, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary was pleased to welcome over 110 bishops, priests, and lay members as a part of the Institute for Priestly Formation’s annual symposium.

“The Institute for Priestly Formation,” describes the IPF website, “was founded to assist bishops in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The Institute responds to the need to foster spiritual formation as the integrating and governing principle of all aspects of priestly formation. ”

This year, the topic of the Symposium was “the integration of human and spiritual formation, and in particular on the role of the Formation Advisor,” as Fr. Scott Traynor, Rector of the St. John Vianney described it.

Among the speakers were priests and lay faculty members of seminaries around the country.  A special address was given by Francis Cardinal George to open the symposium.  The former Archbishop of Chicago addressed the symposium regarding  “The Priest as a Man of Charity: On the Integrating Role of Charity as Friendship in Human and Spiritual Priestly Formation,” in which he shared some of his own personal experiences of his 51 years of priesthood.

The seminary community volunteered countless hours preparing for the Symposium including coordinating and serving all of the liturgies and holy hours in Christ the King Chapel, shuttle services to airports and hotels, and socializing with guests. Fr. Traynor was very grateful for the success of the Symposium.  “You left a significant impression on our 110+ guests from all over the country,” remarked Fr. Traynor to the seminarians.  “Thank you for all your work!”

Find More about the Institute for Priestly Formation here: http://priestlyformation.org/.

A full photo album from the Symposium can be found here:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8JTWgv.