St. Mary's Seminary & University

Clergy Programs


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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:


Sabbaticals continue to be important, even necessary, for the continuing formation of priests.  Sabbaticals provide a time and some space for relaxing from the humdrum, for reflecting on life and ministry, and for reorienting oneself within the intellectual, personal and spiritual life of Christian communion. Contact us at or click here for additional information on sabbaticals.

Conferences for Parish Priests

Gathering the New Apostles – date to be determined

Men ordained in 2020, 2021 and 2022  have been invited to return to St. Mary’s, to renew friendships and share pastoral experiences, and to respond to three questions: (a) What has given you joy in ministry? (b) What has blindsided you? (c) How does St. Mary’s share in the responsibility for your being blindsided?  Alumni are invited back to St. Mary’s overnight to spend time with classmates and schoolmates to reflect on their work in pastoral ministry.  There is no cost to attend.  

New Pastors’ Program – Scheduled November 6 – 11, 2022

The New Pastors Program has been scheduled for November 6-11, 2022 and will be held at the Center for Continuing Formation on St. Mary’s campus.   As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are not vaccinated are required to wear a mask while inside the building.   Please check back at a later time for any updates and details regarding our policy regarding COVID-19. This conference is for newly minted pastors or for priests who will soon be appointed to the pastorate.  Parish Life Coordinators are also invited to attend.   Learn more and register

Spiritual Direction 101- date to be determined

A conference addressing basic issues and required skills for priests and lay ecclesial ministers who are asked to become spiritual directors.  Please check back later for more information and to download a registration form.

Program for Veterans of the Campaign (priests 65 or older)

Retreat for Senior Priests: date to be determined

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 us at for additional details.


For information about priest and clergy programs, please contact: