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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 seminaries, IPF proposes to help in four important areas:

  1. We can help your seminarians with intensive experiences of spiritual formation.
  2. We can help rectors, formators, and faculty appropriate the unique “call within the call” of seminary formation.
  3. We can equip your seminarians and staff with resources uniquely designed with spiritual formation at the core.
  4. We can train priests for seminary spiritual direction.

We can help with intensive experiences of spiritual formation.

  • The beauty of a novitiate is that it anchors a man in the particular history and personal charism of his religious order, while at the same time providing a space for intentional spiritual formation. IPF has only summer program in the United States for the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians. The 10-week program serves as a novitiate of sorts, helping seminarians fall deeply in love with God while at the same time steeping them in the unique spirituality of diocesan priesthood. If you have a seminarian who wants to learn how to pray or is hungry for more in his spiritual life, we can help. Click here to learn more about our summer program
  • IPF offers the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the 30-Day retreat format. The retreat is available for both seminarians, as well as those in full-time seminary formation. The retreat will provide the opportunity to fall in love with God, deepen his understanding of his call, and sharpen the skills needed for daily discernment. Click here to learn more about the 30-Day retreat
  • Some seminarians feel led to go even deeper in their spiritual formation. Many feel called to a “spiritual year” at or away from the seminary. Others feel called to compliment their seminary formation with additional spiritual formation. IPF offers a Certificate in Spiritual Formation for seminarians feeling called to more comprehensive spiritual formation. Click here to learn more about the Certificate in Spiritual Formation

We can help rectors, formators, and faculty appropriate the unique “call within the call” of seminary formation

  • IPF offers a Retreat for Seminary Faculty entitled Listening to the Heart of Jesus. The retreat 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. Click here to learn more about the Retreat for Seminary Faculty
  • IPF is pleased to host an annual Seminar for Seminary Faculty. This seminar is an annual event that convenes on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha. The goal of the seminar is to gather invited seminary theologians from around the country to share ideas on how to make Catholic spirituality a more vital contributor to seminary academics (Program of Priestly Formation, no. 115). After the conclusion of each Seminar a book of the proceedings are published for wider dissemination in the seminary community. Click here to learn more about the Seminar for Seminary Faculty
  • The Institute for Priestly Formation has articulated five essential identities of Jesus and thus five essential benchmark identities of the diocesan priest: Beloved Son, Chaste Spouse, Spiritual Father, Spiritual Physician, and Good Shepherd. To further appropriation of these benchmark identities, IPF sponsors an ongoing series of symposia providing a forum for research, reflection and publication about the essential benchmark identities of the diocesan priest. The 2012 Symposium will further develop aspects of the spirituality and identity of the diocesan priest suggested by the image of the Beloved Son. Click here to learn more about the 2012 Symposium

We can equip your seminarians and staff with resources uniquely designed with spiritual formation at the core.

We can train priests for seminary spiritual direction.