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.