Programs for Presbyteral Unity

"The ongoing formation of a presbyterate aims to forge a collective sense of study and prayer among the priests of the presbyterate for the sake of their service to the people of God entrusted to their care. The ongoing formation of a presbyterate's unity cultivates the bonds of fraternal connection, support and challenge...[It] makes the very presbyterate a more transparent sacramental sign."

The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests (USCCB, 2001, 94)


Saint Meinrad's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates offers dioceses several models for strengthening presbyteral unity, designed by IPP Director Fr. Ronald Knott, the author of Intentional Presbyterates: Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose. Diocesan leaders can collaborate with the Institute to implement these models in a number of ways, including:

  • Programs conducted on the Saint Meinrad campus
  • Programs conducted in the diocese by IPP staff
  • Programs designed in consultation with IPP staff and led by diocesan officials