Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Program Overview

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Orientation

The first days at Saint Meinrad invite participants to gain familiarity with the overall goals and direction of the program, as well as the general program of formation at Saint Meinrad. The emphasis is on building and using the dynamics of community to create an environment of learning, prayer and discernment.

Intensive Spiritual Formation Week

For participants in El Camino, this first week focuses on the life and work of St. Gregory the Great and immerses them in core documents of spirituality, such as the Dialogues, as well as essential documents on the priesthood, especially the Pastoral Rule.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Morning Sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) - Habits of Diocesan Priestly Spirituality

  • Foundational Habits

  • A Broader Vision of Christian Spirituality

  • Cultural Engagement

  • Contemporary Issues in Priestly Spirituality

Wednesday (Morning Class and Ministry Reflection) - Day of Service

  • Searching for the Common Good: Solidarity, Service and Living the Vision of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Supervised Social Ministry

Afternoon Classes (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) - Great Books and Cultural Thinkers

  • Great Books, Religious and Cultural Thinkers

  • The Modern Catholic Novel

  • Spanish Language Elective

Pilgrimages

  • October: Shrine of St. Theodora Guerin - silent, individually directed retreat

  • December: Jerusalem/Holy Land - preached retreat (optional)

  • Easter Retreat: El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico - cultural immersion

  • Capstone Retreat: El Camino Santiago de Compostela - preached retreat