Pastoral formation assures that seminarians learn to be shepherds filled with the charity of Christ, filled with a missionary spirit, possessing pastoral competence and pastoral skills, especially through experiences in various ministries, developing a special loving commitment to the weak and vulnerable, the sick and dying, the poor and outcast, immigrants and the oppressed.
In the course of three years of Seminary Formation the Seminarian should have ample opportunity to explore the various forms of ministry common to our Vocation as Clergy. This experience is different for each Seminarian.
Preparation for Lector
How to serve the Mass
Assisting at the various Sacraments
Liturgical Planning and Execution
Planning liturgies like Weddings/Funerals/Baptisms
Working with brides/grooms/grieving families/new parents
Ministering hands on to those in need as circumstances allow
Nursing homes/hospitals/the homeless
Ministry outside my comfort zone
Do I know HOW to celebrate the Sacraments?
How do I start a Parish?
Legal questions/banking/incorporation/the relationship between the National Church and the Parish/Ministry level
The Liturgical Functions of the Deacon
Diaconate at Mass
Rite of Christian Burial Outside the Mass