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Retreat for Seminary Faculty

Our Vision

Seminary theology, as well as philosophy, assists the seminarian to learn about God. In this process, however, it also allows for seminarians and professors to be visited by God in the reverence we experience before truth, in a silence which invites contemplation, and in acts of beholding the beauty found in doctrine and tradition. In other words, seminary theology welcomes an encounter and not simply tenets.

Our vision allows the dignity of the theological vocation to sink deeply into the vulnerable mind and heart so that such a dignity can free the professor to be a lover of God’s grace during the classroom lecture and in his or her study and writing. Professors that welcome the spirit of prayer into their teaching and study form future priests who welcome that same spirit in their own ministry.

The Retreat for Seminary Faculty: Listening to the Heart of Jesus

During the course of our time together there will be times of solitude spent in ways that deepen your appropriation of the vocation to form seminarians. You will be involved in:

  • Guided meditations and lectures on the vocation of the seminary professor
  • Time for silent prayer, communal prayer
  • Eucharistic liturgy
  • Fellowship
  • Private study and leisure
  • Personal spiritual direction


Retreat Leader - Deacon James Keating, Ph.D.

Before joining the staff of the Institute for Priestly Formation, Deacon Keating taught moral and spiritual theology for 13 years in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum.

He has given over 500 workshops, retreats, and days of reflection on the spiritual and clerical life.

In the field of his research, the interpenetration of the spiritual and moral life, and clerical formation, Deacon Keating has authored or edited 20 books and 100 essays for theological and pastoral journals.

He is committed to promoting the vision of the USCCB that "spiritual formation must become the center" through which intellectual formation is integrated. (Program for Priestly Formation, 5th ed., no. 115).