The first days at Saint Meinrad invite aspirants 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

The ISFW focuses on the life and work of St. Gregory the Great and immerses students in core documents of spirituality, such as the Dialogues, as well as essential documents on the priesthood, especially the Pastoral Rule. Emphasis is given to the long-term development of a diocesan priestly spirituality.

Fall and Spring terms

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 seminars - monday, tuesday, thursday and friday - Catechesis and the culture

  • Exposure to significant works from the Western tradition
  • Religious and Cultural History
  • Spanish Language Elective
  • Catechism Seminar


  • October: Shrine of St. Theodora Guerin - silent, individually directed retreat
  • Capstone Retreat: El Camino Santiago de Compostela - preached retreat