St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation offers and hosts a variety of continuing formation programs for priests in the spirit of the Bishops’ Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests.
- 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.
Sabbaticals continue to be important, even necessary, for the continuing formation of priests. Sabbaticals provide a time and some space for relaxing from the humdrum, for reflecting on life and ministry, and for reorienting oneself within the intellectual, personal and spiritual life of Christian communion. Contact us at Center@stmarys.edu or click here for additional information on sabbaticals.
Conferences for Parish Priests
Gathering the New Apostles – date to be determined
Men ordained in 2020, 2021 and 2022 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.
New Pastors’ Program – Scheduled November 6 – 11, 2022
The New Pastors Program has been scheduled for November 6-11, 2022 and will be held at the Center for Continuing Formation on St. Mary’s campus. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are not vaccinated are required to wear a mask while inside the building. Please check back at a later time for any updates and details regarding our policy regarding COVID-19. This conference is for newly minted pastors or for priests who will soon be appointed to the pastorate. Parish Life Coordinators are also invited to attend. Learn more and register.
Spiritual Direction 101- 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. Please check back later for more information and to download a registration form.
Program for Veterans of the Campaign (priests 65 or older)
Retreat for Senior Priests: date to be determined
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. Contact us at Center@stmarys.edu for additional details.
For information about priest and clergy programs, please contact: