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

This first week focuses on the life and work of St. Gregory the Great and immerses participants 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 - Habits of Diocesan Priestly Spirituality

  • Foundational Habits

  • A Broader Vision of Christian Spirituality

  • Cultural Engagement

  • Contemporary Issues in Priestly Spirituality

Wednesday - Day of Service

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

  • Supervised Social Ministry

Afternoon Classes - Great Books and Cultural Thinkers

  • Great Books, Religious and Cultural Thinkers

  • The Modern Catholic Novel

  • Spanish Language Elective


  • 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