Mission Orientation

From the outset, St. Charles Seminary has been a missionary Seminary dedicated to the training of mission-minded pastors for the needs of the Hindi-speaking dioceses of the Church in North India. It seeks to train priests who will courageously stand up for truth and justice and who, being sensitive and attentive to the workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives and cultures of people, will be ready to inculturate themselves into new socio-cultural situations, engage in dialogue with people who belong to other faith-traditions and collaborate with people of good will in working for justice, peace and integrity of creation. This is the challenge that St. Charles Seminary has undertaken and in accordance with which it seeks to form its students.

The basic formation course imparted in the Seminary integrates the different dimensions of priestly life into one holistic programme, namely, the human, spiritual, academic and apostolic/pastoral dimensions. The Seminary programme incorporates all that is of permanent value in the plans and charters of priestly formation that have been issued by the Holy See and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Many programmes and opportunities are offered by the different departments of St. Charles Seminary to help a seminarian develop his human virtues, spiritual resources, academic abilities and pastoral skills. Each student is invited to avail of these opportunities with freedom, generosity and responsibility, so that he can prepare himself in the best possible way for his ministry as a missionary priest.

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