St. Mary's Seminary & University

New Pastors Program

A Five-Day Workshop Designed Exclusively for New Pastors and Parish Life Coordinators

The Program

The New Pastors Program is held annually in early November at the Center for Continuing Formation on St. Mary’s Campus. 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.

New Pastors Program 2022 images

The 2022 Schedule

Sunday, November 6
Arrival by between 4:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Welcome and Opening Dinner 
  • Night Prayer

Monday, November 7
The Pastor as a Person

  • Embracing Readiness as Pastor
  • Assessing Our Hopes and Challenges in the Pastorate: a Round Table
  • Stress in Ministry
  • Challenges in the New Evangelization: What Pastors Can Do About It

Tuesday, November 8
The Catholic Community and Pastoral Leadership

  • Parish Finances and Budget I
  • Parish Finances and Budget II
  • Parish Staffs and Personnel Management
  • Free Evening

Wednesday, November 9
The Pastor as Steward

  • Discipleship, Pastoral Councils and Parish Staffs
  • A Fresh Look at Stewardship
  • Male and Female He Created Them; Collaborating with Women in the Parish
  • A Night at the Donnelly Lounge

Thursday, November 10
The Pastor as Administrator

  • The Pastor, Civil Law and Pastoral Administration
  • The Canonical Role of the Pastor: An Overview
  • A Diocesan General Counsel Looks at the Minefields of Pastoring

Friday, November 11
The Pastor as Priest

  • Peter: A Transformed Shepherd
  • Reflection on the Great Commission and Sending Forth Prayer
  • Evaluations
  • Lunch and Dismissal

(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.)