Ongoing priestly formation

Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches

Canon 372

§1. After completing the formation which is required for sacred orders clerics are not to stop devoting attention to the sacred sciences. Indeed they are to take measures to acquire a more profound and timely knowledge and use of them through formative courses approved by their own hierarch. §2. They are to attend conferences which the hierarch has judged suitable for promoting the sacred sciences and pastoral matters. §3. Also, they are not to neglect to acquire for themselves as much knowledge of profane sciences, especially those sciences connected more intimately with the sacred sciences, such as those which cultured people ought to have.


Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis: 80.1

Times, Forms and Means for Ongoing Formation

80. While every moment can be an "acceptable time" (2 Cor. 6:2) for the Holy Spirit to lead the priest to a direct growth in prayer, study and an awareness of his own pastoral responsibilities, nevertheless there are certain "privileged" moments for this, even though they may be common and prearranged.

[…] Study workshops and sessions for reflection in common are also important. They help to prevent cultural impoverishment or getting entrenched in one's ways, even in the pastoral field, as a result of mental laziness. They help to foster a greater synthesis between the various elements of the spiritual, intellectual and apostolic life. They open minds and hearts to the new challenges of history and to the new appeals which the Spirit addresses to the Church.


Patriarchal Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Lviv-Briukhovichi (September 2-9, 2008) Decision 5. Accept with the additions and corrections Directives for the Preparation of Candidates to the Priesthood in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. (Ad Experimentum for five year). Directives for the Preparation of Candidates to the Priesthood in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.)


Continuing Formation of the Priest

102. Various opportunities for the continuing education of the clergy:

- Clergy Days, during which the clergy will have the opportunity to deepen their

understanding of the various branches of theology as well as current pastoral questions. This can take place at a seminar, a study group with the proper methodology, including the active

participation of those present, or "Clergy Days" (two or three days) at the beginning and at the end of the liturgical year. The ordinary bishop provides for the establishment of an institute for the ongoing formation of the clergy. For the implementation of these encounters, the bishop can call upon the assistance from higher theological institutes.

105. The future priest must realize that his formation does not conclude when he graduates from the seminary, but lasts throughout his lifetime.


Sabbatical Program at St. Basil Seminary

Contact information:

Ongoing Priestly Formation Office

Eparchy of Stamford

161 Glenbrook Road

Stamford, Connecticut 06902