Six seminarians from the Neo-Catechumenal Way - "The Way" - have been assigned to the Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary newly founded in Philadelphia at the request of Archbishop Chaput. The Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary – similar to a “house of formation” – will not replace or compete with Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Redemptoris Mater will have its own identity and rector; however, Saint Charles will provide the academic formation. All seminarians – those who enter Saint Charles under traditional protocols, and those who come through the Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary – will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, with a certain number to be released for missionary service overseas or in North America.
The Way began in Spain in the years after Vatican II, focused on service to the poor. As time passed, The Way developed into a complete way of life: a profound and on-going formation in Christian living based on the catechumenate (the period of basic instruction in the Christian faith) of the Early Church. The Way sees itself very specifically as a tool for bishops and parish pastors to advance the new evangelization. Today, The Way has hundreds of communities across the globe, including scores of Redemptoris Mater missionary seminaries. Families in The Way often go on mission themselves. They engage in extraordinary Christian generosity.
For more information on the Neo-Catechumenal Way: http://www.camminoneocatecumenale.it