The Four Pillars of Priestly Formation

Teaming with Keenan from OC Media, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is pleased to present you with videos highlighting the pillars of formation: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral

Pastoral Formation: Loving With The Heart of The Good Shepherd

Pastoral formation in seminary is where all the dimensions of formation become integrated. The seminarian seeks to make a gift of himself to God first and foremost, and then the people of God, through loving and serving with the heart of the Good Shepherd.

Intellectual Formation: Contemplating God out of Love for Him

In studies, our men learn to better understand the human condition and the truths of faith. In doing so, a seminarian learns to appreciate the deep wisdom contained within the Church and, as a result, comes to know Christ in a richer way.

The Grace of Human Formation

Grace is built upon nature. In seminary formation, a man’s humanity must be continually perfected in order to reflect the Fatherhood of God. By growing in communion with God, in the midst of brothers, a seminarian grows in virtue and becomes a channel for others to experience Christ’s love.

Spiritual Formation: Rooted in Beloved Sonship

Spiritual Formation centers a man’s heart, mind and soul upon the Lord. At St. John Vianney Seminary, the seminarian is aided in understanding if God is calling him to the supernatural vocation of the priesthood and then equipped with the skills necessary to pray and sustain such an extraordinary call from God.