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Priestly Formation
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Priestly Formation

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.


The 126-138-credit Academic Program for Priesthood Candidates is the prescribed curriculum at ICSST for all seminarians seeking ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Seminarians studying for the priesthood must fulfill the requirements for the Master of Divinity program. In addition to coursework, they must attend retreats, workshops, lectures and other formation events throughout the year. For more information on these formation events, view the Formation Program brochure.


The following is a selection of faculty of the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST). Click to read more about all of our ICSST faculty »

Renato Bautista posing
Rev. Renato Bautista
Director of Formation and Director of Seminary Records
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Chris Ciccarino posing
Rev. Christopher Ciccarino
Associate Dean for Seminary and Academic Studies and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
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Rev. Msgr. Gerard McCarren
Rector/Dean, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
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Reverend Robert K. Suszko posing
Rev. Robert Suszko
Vice Rector and Business Manager
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