The Center for Continuing Formation
A private site for reflecting.
A venue for learning.
An environment for growing.
“Ongoing formation helps the priest to be and act as a priest in the spirit and style of Jesus the Good Shepherd.”
The Center for Continuing Formation was built by St. Mary’s in 1996 in response to the teaching on the priesthood and priestly formation of St. John Paul II. The pastoral emphasis and spirit of St. Mary’s Seminary today is perfectly expressed in The Center for Continuing Formation. Here, we offer special programs each year for pastors, newly ordained priests, and senior priests. It also hosts various bishops’ meetings, ecumenical gatherings, and other conferences as well. The New Pastors Program, held every November, is the most popular priest program we offer.
The Center, which adjoins the main seminary building and yet provides great privacy, is a thirty thousand square foot facility with thirty private, three star guest rooms and suites, and a variety of conferencing space and small meeting rooms. The Center also has an oratory and private chapel as well as its own dining room.
In the Center’s Webpages…
Continuing Education Pilot Program
St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation announces an exciting new program of Online and In-Person formation opportunities. The program begins in January 2023 with a PILOT PHASE for selected dioceses. Following the completion of these courses, the program will be made available to all interested participants.Learn more
Conference Space Rentals
The Center has a variety of options for gatherings of small staffs to large conferences, including thirty spacious guest rooms. See the facilities available, situated on a 40-acre private campus.Explore the possibilities…
St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation offers and hosts a variety of continuing formation programs for priests in the spirit of the Bishops’ Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests. Programs include sabbaticals, retreats for senior priests, workshops on preaching, and the annual “New Pastors Program.”
Youth Theological Studies
St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s Pinkard Scholars is the cornerstone of Youth Theological Studies at SMSU. The program admits high school juniors admitted to a challenging course, RLST235: Foundations for Dialogue: Theology and Culture. Students explore and increase their understanding of God and the existence of evil, the person and work of Jesus Christ, humanity, sin, grace, and hope and the application of theology to a contemporary cultural problem.Learn More