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Pastoral Formation

Pastoral Formation

Theologians in the Seminary Theologate are assigned to an internship for their pastoral formation. For seminarians in First, Second and Third Theology, this internship takes place on Thursdays in a supervised pastoral setting. The majority of the placements are in diverse parishes. 

 In Second Theology, the placement may be in special ministry (e.g., College Newman Center, Catholic high school, hospital). Deacons in Fourth Theology receive a Sunday Internship in a parish. 

The goal of the Pastoral Formation program is to form the seminarians into true shepherds of souls after the example of Jesus Christ [cf. Optatam Totius #4; Pastores Dabo Vobis #57; Program of Priestly Formation #238]. 

Theological reflection on the field education experiences in diverse pastoral assignments is an integral part of the program.

Certificate Program of Proficiency in Pastoral Spanish

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is preparing men to meet people in the culturally diverse communities where they will serve as deacons and priests. The Certificate Program of Proficiency in Pastoral Spanish verifies competency in Spanish, understanding of cultural matters and expertise in pastoral work. This comprehensive program prepares deacons for pastoral work and aids bishops in their placement of newly-ordained priests.

The Pastoral Spanish curriculum builds pertinent skills that help deacons and priests connect with people in real ways and through real life events.  Upon completion, students are able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all five linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture
  • Celebrate the Sacraments in Spanish
  • Preach in Spanish
  • Teach in Spanish for parish programs, such as RCIA, Bible study, Pre-Jordan and Pre-Cana.
  • Connect to the faithful in written Spanish in Church bulletins, letters of eligibility and parish websites.
  • Understand reverent traditions that are pertinent to weddings, baptisms, presentations and quinceañeras.

Learn more about the study abroad program and certificate requirements.

Forms & Documents

Academic Year Programs

 ACADEMIC YEAR CALENDAR

FIELD EDUCATION ASSIGNMENTS

I-III THEOLOGY FORMS

PASTORAL YEAR

DIACONATE SUNDAY INTERNSHIP FORMS

Summer Programs

I – III THEOLOGY SUMMER FORMS AND INFORMATION

DIACONATE SUMMER PASTORAL INTERNSHIP FORMS AND INFORMATION

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