Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
For more than 160 years, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Theology has educated and formed diocesan priests for the Catholic
Church. That mission now includes a venture, begun in 2004 with
funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help dioceses provide the
ongoing formation needed for their priests.
The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates aims to help priests
sharpen their skills for more effective ministry and to keep both
priests and presbyterates holy, healthy and effective in various
ministry settings and stages of life.
Training seasoned pastors who have been chosen to mentor newly ordained priests and newly appointed pastors.
The Institute's programs help dioceses implement Pope John
Paul II's Pastores Dabo Vobis, and the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' document, The
Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests. Both
documents stress the importance of formation for priests, both
individually and as a member of the presbyterates to which they
belong - the assembly of priests and their bishop in a particular