The vow of celibacy is one of a priest's most significant gifts
to God and to the people he serves through the Church. It should be
undertaken only when the candidate has attained the emotional
maturity necessary for a thorough understanding of its purpose,
challenges and rewards.
"Together in One Place," Saint Meinrad's groundbreaking
program of celibacy formation, encourages seminarians
to develop knowledge of their own sexuality, to value it and learn
to direct it to God's service, and to learn the habits and skills
that enable a lifelong commitment to healthy and effective celibate
An Integrated Approach
"Together in One Place" integrates reflection on celibacy into
each of the four pillars of priestly formation (human, spiritual,
intellectual and pastoral) through six formation themes that are
spread over the seminarian's education:
Philosophy: Healthy Sexuality and Christian Spirtuality
Philosophy: The Culture of Christianity and Theology of the
Theology: Spirituality and Priesthood and the Theology of
Theology: Parish Realities
Theology: Celibate Living Skills
Theology: Transition to Priesthood
In addition to topics such as celibacy, healthy sexuality
and relationships, and sexuality in the media, the program covers
the practical issues of living alone or in a group, such as
exercise, cooking, hobbies and other day-to-day issues.
Community and Context
"Together in One Place" views celibacy in light of
the whole community, encouraging healthy appreciation of a celibate
way of life not only among seminarians, but also with others
involved in their formation.
Ongoing formation is available through Saint Meinrad's Institute for Priests and
Presbyterates, which serves the newly ordained priest in the
crucial years following his ordination.