How We Can Help

From modest beginnings in 1994, the Institute for Priestly Formation has offered programs of spiritual formation for over 2,000 priests and seminarians from 154 United States Dioceses, 38 international Dioceses, and eight religious orders. During the past 17 years IPF has become known for our expertise in priestly formation centered in spiritual formation. In fact, in 2011, the US Bishops asked IPF to serve as a standing consultant to the USCCB Committee for Clergy and Religious Life.

Knowing the many challenges facing priests, IPF proposes to help in four important areas:

  1. We can help priests go deeper in their spiritual life.
  2. We can train priests as spiritual directors.
  3. We can equip priests with resources uniquely designed to reawaken their priestly identity.
  4. We can equip priests with resources uniquely designed to help parishes become “schools of prayer” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, no. 33).

We can help priests go deeper in their spiritual life.

  • IPF offers the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the 30-Day retreat format. The retreat is available for both priests and seminarians. The retreat will provide the opportunity to fall in love with God, deepen your understanding of your call, and sharpen the skills needed for daily discernment. Click here to learn more about the 30-Day retreat

We can train priests as spiritual directors.

  • Today’s priest is expected to be many things: pastoral counselor, corporate leader, community activist. And yet, while spirituality is at the very heart of what a priest’s life, too few priests have been trained in the art of discernment and spiritual direction. IPF can train you as a spiritual director, as well as strengthen your identity as a diocesan priest. Click here to learn more about our Spiritual Direction Training Program

We can equip priests with resources uniquely designed to reawaken their priestly identity.

We can equip priests with resources uniquely designed to help parishes become “schools of prayer” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, no. 33).

IPF offers resources to help parish priests teach parishioners how to pray. Easy to read, and even easier to implement within parishes, IPF’s parishes resources are perfect for the parish ready to learn more about prayer. Click here to learn more about WRAP Yourself in Scripture