Clergy Programs


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St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation offers and hosts a variety of continuing formation programs for priests in the spirit of the Bishops’ new Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests.
Participants enjoy:

        • A private guest room with bath and all amenities, including private phone and computers for e-mail and the Internet.
        • A state-of-the-art conference facility with conference rooms, library, private oratory and chapel, dining room, outdoor terrace, and fitness center.

Programs at the Center for Continuing Formation:


Conferences for Parish Priests

Gathering the New Apostles – April 18-19, 2018

Men ordained in 2016 and 2017 have been invited to return to St. Mary’s, to renew friendships and share pastoral experiences, and to respond to three questions: (a) What has given you joy in ministry? (b) What has blindsided you? (c) How does St. Mary’s share in the responsibility for your being blindsided?  Alumni are invited back to St. Mary’s overnight to spend time with classmates and schoolmates to reflect on their work in pastoral ministry.  There is no cost to attend. Click here for the registration form. 

Becoming a Pastor – November 4-9, 2018

A conference for newly minted pastors or for priests who will soon be appointed to the pastorate.  Click here to download a registration form.

Financial Issues in the Contemporary Parish  – August 13-16, 2018

A conference for seminarians entering 3T and 4T, newly ordained priests and international priests.  Click here for a registration form.

Priests’ Annual Retreat  – June 24-28, 2018

Priests meet for prayer, reflection and personal priestly narratives about parish life.  Director: Tom Hurst, PSS.  Click here to download a registration form.

Spiritual Direction 101- July, 2018 (date to be determined)

A conference addressing basic issues and required skills for priests and lay ecclesial ministers who are asked to become spiritual directors. 

Programs for Veterans of the Campaign (priests 65 or older)

Transitioning Into The Third Act; Preparing for and Entering  Retirement – date to be determined

A two-day conference on the financial, physical, psychological and spiritual issues to be confronted, as well as on discovering the ways that God has written with crooked lines in the narratives of our lives.

A Retreat for Senior Priests – June 4-7, 2018

A Long Look at the Long Haul  A spiritual retreat for priests 65 and older.  Director: Tim Brown, SJ  Click here for a registration form.

Individual Sabbaticals

Priests ordained ten years or more and who have been approved by their bishops or religious superiors are invited to spend between one and three months during the academic year at St Mary’s. Sabbatical priests will be offered academic tutoring, spiritual direction, medical evaluation and wellness programs, all of which will be geared to the priests’ individual needs.
Click here to view testimonials.

Programs for Presbyterates

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all package for presbyteral meetings, the Center offers to presbyteral leadership the possibility of designing specific programs to fit a diocese’s needs. The Center will work with diocesan directors and their commissions, construct and design a needs-particularized program, propose presenters to the diocese for its approval, and then contract with these presenters.

The Bishops’ Toolbox

Evangelization, Young Persons and Vocational Discernment – Fall,  2018

Toolbox conference for directors of evangelization and vicars for clergy addressing some of the topics to be considered in the October Synod of Bishops.  More information to come.

For information about priest and clergy programs, please contact:

Rev. Msgr. David Fulton
410-864-4161 (office)
908-256-2639 (cell)