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.
- 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 13-14, 2016
A two-day meeting for priest-alumni of St. Mary’s from the ordination classes of 2014 – 2015. 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.
The Mantle of Elijah
A four-day conference to prepare and form mentors for priests in times of transition. Click here for more information.
Becoming a Pastor – November 6-11, 2016
A five-day conference on the theological, legal, administrative and spiritual perspectives of pastoring.
Conferences in Parish Management
- Parish Management I: Issues in Human Resources for the Contemporary Parish – July 25-28, 2016
- Parish Management II: Financial Issues in the Contemporary Parish – Planned for July, 2017
- Parish Management III: Toolbox for Pastoral Management – January 3-8, 2016
Click here for more information.
Programs for the Veterans of the Campaign (priests 65 years old or older)
Transitioning Into The Third Act; Preparing for and Entering Retirement – Planned for April, 2017
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 – May 16-20, 2016
A three-day retreat (with the option of a fourth day) addressing the way priests address their mortality. Click here for more information.
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
A series of two-day conferences aimed at addressing specific needs and honing particular skills in ecclesial governance. Click here for more information.
Toolbox 1: Reconfiguring parishes and closing churches
Toolbox 2: Best practices for criminal ecclesiastical trials
Toolbox 3: Best practices for diocesan review boards
Toolbox 4: Addressing the scourge of internet pornography
For information about priest and clergy programs, please contact:
Rev. Msgr. David Fulton