Message From The Director of Spiritual Formation

Seminary Computer Room

Dear Friends,

It is a great pleasure to reflect with you on the Spiritual Formation program here at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. Our program is designed to nurture the seeds of a priestly vocation within our seminarians by assisting them to mature into priests after the mind and heart of the Lord. To help them become men of virtue and icons of Christ.

The communal life of the Seminary creates an atmosphere that encourages and supports a prayerful, reflective and pastoral life. The core of each day is the celebration of the Eucharist and the celebrations of the Liturgy of The Hours.

There are many sources of sanctification within the spiritual formation program which foster and strengthen each seminarian. They include the following: the Annual Fall Retreat, monthly spiritual conferences, Days of Prayer, Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, frequent celebrations of the Sacrament of Penance and a strong Marian devotional life. Theological reflection upon pastoral experiences and frequent meetings with one's spiritual director foster a priestly spirituality which will assist the seminarian to become a man of communion in the Church.

Each seminarian is accompanied on his spiritual journey by a priest who is his spiritual director. We believe that the director has been blessed through grace and the training he has received to assist the seminarians in their spiritual formation toward priesthood. The goal of the program is thus to nurture ongoing discernment and the development of a strong priestly identity within each seminarian.


Rev. William F. Murphy
Director of Spiritual Formation

Key element of Spiritual Formation Program

Spiritual Direction. The ministry of spiritual direction is to help the seminarian more deeply abide in the life and love of the Trinity. It assists the seminarian in discerning his call to the ministerial priesthood and in deepening his sensitivity, awareness and openness to the Lord's presence in the details and circumstances of his life. An important dimension of this ministry lies in helping the candidate to develop an ecclesial spirituality, a mature priestly identity and the healing of anything that lessens his freedom to embrace his vocation.

Within the context of spiritual direction the student is better able to commit himself to developing the pastoral virtues and dispositions that are so necessary for him to fulfill his vocation.

Spiritual direction is set in the soil that is safe and confidential.