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Preparing the Seminarian for Priestly Life


"During the process of formation for the ministerial priesthood, the seminarian is a 'mystery to himself'. On the one hand he is characterised by talents and gifts that have been moulded by grace; on the other he is marked by his limits and frailty. The task of formation is to help the person to integrate these aspects, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, in a journey of faith and of gradual and harmonious maturity, avoiding fragmentation, polarisation, excesses, superficiality or partiality. The time of formation for priestly ministry is a period of testing, maturing and discernment by both the seminarian and the house of formation."

(The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, 28)


The formation program at St Charles’ Seminary which is overseen by the Archbishop, conforms with the requests by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference in their Ratio Nationalis, and closely follows the requirements identified in Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis. There are four pillars of seminary formation:

  • Spiritual Formation

  • Human Formation

  • Intellectual Formation

  • Pastoral Formation

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Introducing the seminary's formators, visiting faculty and others involved in the academic formation of seminarians.


Introducing the Seminary's Admin Team and Support Staff

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