St. Mary's Seminary & University

Clergy Programs

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.

Participants enjoy:

  • A private guest room with bath and all amenities, including private phone and computers for e-mail and the Internet.
  • A state-of-the-art conference facility with conference rooms, library, private oratory and chapel, dining room, outdoor terrace, and fitness center.


September 16-19/20, 2024

4-Day Onsite Conference / optional Day of Recollection

Conference for Recently Ordained

New program! Supporting the journey of priests who have been ordained 1-3 years.

Learn more about the Conference for Recently Ordained

Coffee Break during the 2022 New Pastors Program.Monday-Friday

November 11-15, 2024

5-Day Onsite Conference

New Pastors Program

The Center’s most popular program. For newly minted pastors or pastors soon to be appointed.

Learn more about the New Pastors Program

Relaxed discussion during the Retreat for Senior Priests.Monday-Thursday

February 3-6, 2025

4-Day Onsite Retreat

Embracing the Third Act

An annual event. For priests sixty-five year old or older. Come away and be refreshed.

Learn more about Embracing the Third Act

4-6 Session Courses (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Pronunciation for Pastors: A Program for International Priests

New program! Three levels, placement determined by pre-assessment diagnostic. Individual instruction with lessons and feedback, in-person or online. Levels include: Basics, Lectionary/Prayers, or Homilies/Dialogue.

Learn more about Pronunciation for Pastors

Fountain at the front of St. Mary's.Custom Designed

Priest Sabbaticals at St. Mary’s

Designed with the priest himself. Each Sabbatical experience is different.

Learn more about Sabbaticals at St. Mary’s

Custom Designed

Programs for Presbyterates

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all package for presbyteral meetings, the Center offers to presbyteral leadership the possibility of designing specific programs to fit a diocese’s needs. The Center will work with diocesan directors and their commissions, construct and design a needs-particularized program, propose presenters to the diocese for its approval, and then contract with these presenters.

Contact the Center for additional details