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Dear Friends,

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is well known for various “themes” which often occur in his talks and his writings. He frequently mentions the importance of “encountering” the Lord as fundamental to the Christian life and at the heart of evangelization.

In line with this, the mission of the Institute for Priestly Formation helps seminarians and priests encounter the Lord in a deeper way so as to be able to help others do the same. Since our first programs offered in 1995, over 2,000 seminarians and 600 priests have been able to avail themselves of the opportunity for this deeper encounter.

As you read through our website you will find a variety of programs for seminarians and priests, as well as those who assist in priestly formation. The most important part of each program is to offer the time and place for participants to “fall more deeply in love” with God, to encounter the Lord, in a new and deeper way.

We hope that you or those whom you serve may be interested in these offerings. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to continuing to be at the service of diocesan priestly formation.

Sincerely in the Lord,

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