Formation concerns the continuing conversion of heart, mind and soul in a man that will enable him to carry on an effective ministry, in service of God and His people, in the ordained priesthood of Jesus Christ.
The Priestly Formation Program is centered around the Four Pillars of Priestly Formation. Formation is developed through four aspects: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. Each seminarian is formed and prepared for the priesthood via coursework and study, field education, spiritual direction, retreats, workshops and living in community with one another. The program fulfills all the requirements of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition, 2005). Students meeting the requirements of this program automatically fulfill the requirements of the M.Div. program.