Endorsements

Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien

“This project promises to serve as leaven in the Church’s vital mission of diocesan priestly formation. Indeed, I envision a multiplier effect transpiring that will positively impact and strengthen diocesan seminary formation. Participants will receive a high quality of on-going formation particular to the needs that seminary formators face in their apostolic labors.”

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien

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“I am glad to encourage the important work of the Seminary Formation Council to help strengthen seminary formators through their formation program.”

Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, Congregation for the Clergy, Rome

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“It is a particular joy for me to have St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in my Diocese of Palm Beach to be hosting the new S.F.C. Certificate program for diocesan seminary formators. It is my heartfelt prayer that all of the participants will benefit greatly from this valuable contribution in continuing formation.”

Bishop Gerald Barbarito, Diocese of Palm Beach, FL

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“This new initiative to assist in the formation of seminary personnel is most welcome. I am excited about giving the formators in our seminaries the tools that are needed to excel in a ministry that is of such importance for the life and future of our Church.”

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN

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“Assisting seminary personnel to be strengthened in teaching the art of accompaniment will be a great service that the S.F.C. provides in this certificate program. Developing skills in the art of accompaniment supports the special need for future pastors to engage in harmonious and fruitful collaboration with lay leaders in the parish.”

Archbishop George Lucas, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE

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“I am encouraged greatly by the collaborative process of consultation that the Seminary Formation Council employed in designing this new program for continuing formation for seminary personnel.”

Bishop Michael Burbidge, Diocese of Raleigh, NC; Chair of the Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) at the USCCB

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“I have witnessed first hand the importance of the role of seminary formators in the raising of new priests for our Church. The Seminary Formation Council will not only provide resources for the education and spiritual support of seminary formators, but it is sure to have a positive impact on the formator participants and the whole seminary community. This new initiative will bring something valuable to the entire Church.”

Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors

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“The Seminary Formation Council has developed a unique program to form formators of future priests. The SFC’s recognition of the role of the psychological sciences in seminary formation emphasizes the importance of assessing a man’s affective maturity so that his priesthood may be marked by a true spiritual fatherhood.”

Ms. Suzanne Baars, M.A., President, Catholic Psychological Association