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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Institute for Priestly Formation.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the New Evangelization, The Joy of the Gospel, begins with an extraordinary invitation: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.”

This year, the Institute for Priestly Formation celebrates 20 years of helping diocesan seminarians and priests have the kind of life-changing encounter with the Lord that Pope Francis speaks about. In the course of these 20 years, we have served over 2,000 diocesan seminarians and over 600 diocesan priests. We are deeply humbled and grateful for the graces and blessings these 20 years have brought to so many.

The various programs which the Institute will be offering in this coming year are summarized throughout this website. With the prayers and support of so many, we are confident that the Lord will continue to pour out his graces on those who will join us for these programs. Please pray that we remain faithful to the mission that we have received, so that the hoped-for New Evangelization will bear fruit through the ministry of priests who have encountered Jesus Christ in a personal way.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Father Richard J. Gabuzda
Executive Director
The Institute for Priestly Formation