The Different Steps of the Priestly Formation
Like every priestly formation, the formation of the future members of the Community takes place in the course of well-determined steps which progressively introduce the responsibilities of the ministry and prepare for the priestly ordination.
In the course of the formation process which lasts at least six years, the Church asks to distinguish the steps that marks the progress of the seminarian. If one omits the longer or shorter period of maturation of the vocation in the world, as well as the initial propedeutical year at the seminary, the direct formation to the priesthood contains two large phases: the first cycle (two years of philosophy studies) and the second cycle (three years of theology studies).
The first cycle lasts two years. Like for the propaedeutic year, the maturation of the discernment of the vocation constitutes one of the major objectives of this first time of the formation. In order to deepen his discernment, the seminarian is during these two years invited to personally appropriate that which is given to him to live spiritually, humanly and as a community. At the end of the first cycle, the seminary council invites the seminarian to perform a pastoral internship during one year in order to confront his vocation by taking into account actual pastoral realities.
Propaedeutic year: taking of the alb
2nd and 3rd years: philosophy studies
4th year : Pastoral year spent in a parish of the Community
5th year: admission of the candidates to the priesthood
6th year: institution to the ministry of lector
7th year: institution to the ministry of acolyte
End of the 7th year: diaconal ordination
End of the 8th year: priestly ordination