Rome, May 10, 2006. The XVI course for seminary faculty
will take place from June 24-30, 2006 in Leggiuno, located
in the province of Varese in northern Italy.
retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, is offered at
the beginning of the course. This is followed by a
three-day seminar, which this year will focus on the theme
of “The Mission and Profile of a Seminary Instructor.” Afterwards,
pastoral, theological, organizational, and pedagogical themes proper to the seminary
will be addressed.
An ordinary day’s schedule includes a concelebrated Mass,
communal recitation of Lauds and Vespers, three conferences, a group
study, and a case analysis, as well as moments of
fellowship and healthy relaxation.
A Short History
The seminary formators’ course began
in 1991 in response to a desire of His Holiness
Pope John Paul II. To date, 1,073 faculty from over
90 countries and 492 dioceses have participated, including 5 bishops,
264 rectors, 54 vice-rectors, and 750 spiritual directors or formators.
31 of the priests who have attended the course have
since been named bishops. These include 2 archbishops, 18 bishops,
9 auxiliary bishops, 1 coadjutor bishop, and 1 apostolic nuncio,
who are currently working in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad and
Tobago, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia,
Romania, Belarus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Iraq, and
Besides the summer courses held in northern Italy, which
are organized on the same dates each year, 11 national
courses have also been held in Brazil, Columbia, the Philippines,
Ghana, Peru, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Tanzania, and Venezuela. About
350 formators have participated in these national courses.
For more information,
The Sacerdos Institute, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum