FORMATION AND THE CALL TO HOLINESS
The universal call to holiness for the Christian is a call to live in accord with baptismal grace and those commitments made at baptism. Such a life seeks perfection, a perfection that for the human being means “constant growth in the good.” (Life of Moses, St. Gregory of Nyssa)
Formation is a process of constant growth. A person created in the image and likeness of God does well to understand formation as a never ending fact of life.
DISCERNMENT FOR PRIESTHOOD
Even in the Seminary, it is understood that all members of the community – Board, staff, faculty and students – are in a “program of formation.” At the same time, the Seminary sees as one of its most important efforts, the forming of holy priests. In describing its five specific programs, the Seminary generally uses the word “formation” in reference to the formal Program of Priestly Formation (PPF). Those in this program are seminarians and they constitute a Community of Formation.
Those men and women pursuing Masters degrees or taking post-graduate level theology courses make up our School of Theology
When men are discerning formation and a priestly vocation and, for whatever reason, are not yet ready to enter theological studies, they join in the life of the Seminary as part of our Community of Aspirants
This global community extends the Seminary experience to those who are unable to physically join us but still wish to continue to expand their understanding of Eastern Christianity. Various faith traditions, cultures and experiences comprise our Virtual Community
STUDIES FOR DEACON STUDENTS
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary’s School of Diaconate Studies has as its focus the intellectual pillar of formation while maintaining reference with the human, spiritual, and pastoral pillars. The Seminary’s academic program is a certificate program that includes two weeks of intensive classes on campus in the month of June for each of the four years. These classes are followed, each year, by a program of distance learning through guided reading and the writing of papers.
CONTINUING FORMATION FOR CLERGY
The seminary welcomes clergy who have permission to join us in a variety of on-going formation experiences. Those priests seeking bi-ritual faculties in the Byzantine tradition and who live at the Seminary are recognized as members of our Community of On-going Formation. Also included in this community are priests living with us during Sabbatical.