Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is accorded a central place in our seminary formation programme. A priest is called first of all to be a holy person who has met God and can share his God-experience with his brothers and sisters. Hence during his training period a seminarian is invited to lay a solid spiritual foundation on which he can build a vibrant spiritual life. Having answered Godís call to follow Christ more closely, he is to give himself ever more generously to the demands of the priestly life, so that he can be seen by people first of all as a man of God, a man of prayer, a holy man.

St. Charles Seminary emphasizes in a special way the spiritual life of our seminarians. Much stress is placed on silence without which prayer and study are impossible. Also special importance is given to the life of prayer, personal and communal, private and liturgical. The daily meditation and spiritual reading, the daily Eucharist and visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the weekly spiritual conference and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the monthly recollection and holy hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, spiritual direction and the annual retreat, help a seminarian to grow in the life of the Spirit. He is to be and seen to be a holy man of God.

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