Pastoral Formation

Having a strong missionary orientation, St. Charles Seminary lays much stress on apostolic/pastoral formation. Priests, as men of God, are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. They are called to be evangelical men. Hence our seminary places a strong emphasis on the apostolic and pastoral formation of its seminarians.

A gradated programme of apostolates, beginning with the social, and progressively advancing to various forms of pastoral ministry, is made available to our seminarians from the first year of philosophy to the final year of theology. Social apostolates, such as conscientization programmes, slum upliftment, building of houses, running free tuition classes for poor children, form part of the apostolic formation programme of our seminary. Once a week the students of theology engage in pastoral ministry in parishes, schools, hospitals and other institutions, slums and villages in and around Nagpur.

Once a year each theologian spends a month doing pastoral ministry in a diocese of North India other than his own. This gives him a firsthand knowledge and experience of the real-life situations and pastoral needs of people. It also helps to form him into a courageous apostle, zealous evangelist and caring pastor.


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