The Centrality of Prayer
While prayer must be at the heart of the life of every Christian, priests publicly and formally profess their willingness to be known as men of prayer. Indeed, learning "how to be a priest" is, in large part, learning how to be an authentic leader of public prayer and a faithful practitioner of private prayer.
Seminarians at Saint Meinrad participate daily in the celebration of the Eucharist and, following the Liturgy of the Hours, in the communal celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer. Opportunities for the individual celebration of sacramental reconciliation are offered throughout the week, as are regular opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, the Angelus, the rosary, and other traditional and seasonal devotions.
In addition to participating in the Days of Prayer offered throughout the academic year and the twice-yearly Seminary Formation Day, the seminary community makes a group retreat each year. (First-year theologians make a separate eight-day, silent, directed retreat.)
Seminarians are assisted in developing habits of private prayer, including lectio divina and faithfulness to the complete and daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, by information presented in the classroom and by the accountability offered through spiritual direction.
We consider the habit of daily prayer so central to our program that, thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, we provide every seminarian entering Saint Meinrad with the complete four-volume set of the breviary.