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Certificate in Spiritual Formation

The USCCB and The Program for Priestly Formation call dioceses and seminaries to assist seminarians in the (1) interiorization of their formation as well as (2) training future priests to teach the faithful in such a way that parishes become “schools of prayer.” (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, no. 33)

In response to the pressing needs of the day, the Institute for Priestly Formation has created a certificate in Spiritual Formation for diocesan seminarians.

  • The program assists seminarians in delving deeper into spiritual theology.
  • The program assists seminarians in the interiorization of spiritual theology and spiritual formation by awakening their hearts to taste and see Trinitarian and Marian love at work in everyday faith.
  • The program equips seminarians in teach Christian prayer and discernment and thus becoming major contributors in the Catholic Church’s mission of the new evangelization.

The program is directed by Rev. Richard Gabuzda, S.T.D., a specialist in sacramental theology and diocesan priestly spirituality. The experience culminates in a personal appropriation of God’s grace through encountering Trinitarian and Marian love in and through the rich living tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola.


  • Helps fulfill the seminarian and priest’s desire to be an effective teacher of prayer and to live in a way that evangelizes human hearts, setting them ablaze with God’s love in Jesus the Christ.
  • Builds up local parishes as schools of contemplative healing prayer and discernment.
  • Strengthens the interior life of prayer and further equips seminary personnel in their call within a call to labor in the spiritual formation of future priests, pastors.
  • Provides local bishops, directors of seminarians, and vocation personnel with a creative means to teach, interact with and impact their seminarians.
  • Cultivates inspirational educational interactions between seminaries, bishops and vocation personnel in spiritual formation by affording opportunities to create localized satellite centers of spiritual formation where distance learning and on-line courses interact with desires for substantive spiritual and pastoral years within seminary formation.