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Our Mission

The Institute for Priestly Formation was founded to assist bishops in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The Institute responds to the need to foster spiritual formation as the integrating and governing principle of all aspects of priestly formation. Inspired by the biblical-evangelical spirituality of Ignatius Loyola, this spiritual formation has as its goal the cultivation of a deep interior communion with Christ; from such communion the priest shares in Christ’s own pastoral charity. In carrying out its mission, the Institute directly serves diocesan seminarians and priests as well as those who are responsible for diocesan priestly formation.

“Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, who you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love,
stay in love,
and it will decide everything.”
 - Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

The Institute for Priestly Formation aims to help priests and seminarians live in “intimate and unceasing union with God.” We do this convinced that “nothing is more practical than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.” If men “fall in love and stay in love, it will decide everything.” Thus, everything we do at IPF is geared to help priests and seminarians fall in love, stay in love, so that their love for God decides everything.