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Discernment and Admissions

ADMISSION PROCESS FOR PRIESTLY DISCERNMENT AND FORMATION

According to the Archeparchial Vocations Office, an individual does not choose to serve Christ, but rather is chosen by Him specifically for his service. The mission of the vocation director’s office is to invite and assist the faithful in discerning their call to discipleship as well as implementing vocation-seeking protocols as recommended by the Vocations Committee. Therefore, once an individual feels a call to vocation (presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life), the first step is to speak with the parish priest as well as the vocation director whose task it will be to ultimately recommend individuals for formation.

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary welcomes prospective seminarians that have been accepted as candidates in formation by their respective eparchies to apply for admission. Applicants who do not possess the proper background to begin theological studies according to the norms laid down by the Program of Priestly Formation (2006) may be admitted as Pre-Theologians, as determined by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants who have previously attended another seminary will be considered for admission only after consultation with that seminary and with the sponsoring eparchy. The Admissions Committee will consider each case on its own merits. Ordinarily, transfer students will be expected to participate in the formation program of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary for at least two full years before the seminary will make a recommendation for ordination to the sponsoring eparchy.

All seminarians must conform to the accepted moral and academic standards as outlined in the Seminary Honor Code. The seminary reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not demonstrate a way of life consistent with the expectations for an ordained minister of the Church.

ADMISSION CHECKLIST FOR SEMINARY APPLICANTS

With the exception of the Miller Analogies Test results, applicants for Seminary Formation are not to forward any portion of the application directly to the Seminary.  Completed applications are submitted to the local ordinary (usually his vocations office), and, upon acceptance and a letter of sponsorship from the bishop, are forwarded to the Seminary for the final portion of the application process. The following documents and information are required for admission to the Byzantine Catholic Seminary as an MDiv or MAT-Formation student. Applications will not be considered complete without all the following elements (except Miller Analogies Test results which are submitted directly to the Seminary from the examiner) sent from the bishop or his vocations office:

  • Letter of sponsorship from the Ordinary
  • Completed application form
  • Autobiographical sketch that includes, but is not limited to, overview of personal spiritual journey
  • Professional resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • One-page essay entitled “What does the Presbyterate (or Diaconate) mean to me?” (i.e. your perception of ministry in the Byzantine Catholic Church, local community, and world)
  • Copies of Baptismal, Chrismation, and First Divine Eucharist certificate(s) and parents’ marriage certificate
  • Complete academic transcripts (undergraduate and above) – these must be originals from the academic institutions
  • Miller Analogies Test (should be submitted directly from examination site)
  • Documentation of Criminal History Clearance
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Physical Examination Report including test results for drugs and H.I.V.
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • References: an academic mentor, (former) employer, or fellow employee; fellow parishioner (other than a relative); and applicant’s pastor and all priests who have been significantly involved in applicant’s spiritual growth and discernment who could give an honest assessment of fitness for public Church service
  • Recent photograph
  • Documents of Transfer of Ritual Church (if applicable)
  • Marriage, annulment, ordination, and/or vow dispensation certificates (as applicable)
  • If previously sponsored by a bishop for formation and/or enrolled in a seminary, all documentation according to the applicable appendix of the Program of Priestly Formation must be submitted
  • If married, copy of wife’s required documentation, particularly a letter of consent for her husband’s formation and ongoing discernment

The complete application packet is obtained through the vocations director of the respective eparchy and is submitted to the Seminary through that office. A discerner considering Seminary entrance in fall should communicate this to his vocations office no later than the preceding January. Applications are due early in the preceding spring.