St. Mary's Seminary & University

Becoming a Priest

The discernment and process of becoming a priest involves far too many aspects to cover in a few web pages. The three pages in this section of our site touch on the very basics of the formation process.

Your Priestly Calling

The heart of priestly formation is discerning a call from the Lord to walk the path of serving Him in priestly ministry. This page is a reflection on what a call to priesthood is.

Read the reflection on priestly calling.

Dimensions of Formation

Priestly formation is an integrated process of four dimensions of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral. This page explores each dimension.

Learn about Dimensions of Formation

Stages of Formation

As a seminarian travels the path of priestly formation, he will pass through four stages from initial discernment and acceptance to formation and priestly ordination. All four dimensions of formation are integrated into each stage.

Learn about the four stages of formation.