Seminarian and Priest Summer Program 2018
The summer program provides an in-depth integration of the human formation with the other three pillars of priestly formation (spiritual, intellectual and pastoral).
Seminarians and priests who attend will be assisted to grow in holiness and wholeness, through teaching, individual and group prayer experiences, daily Eucharist, Reconciliation, quiet reflection and fellowship opportunities. The program is designed as a transformational journey into the Father’s heart in order for the participant to grow more fully into his identity as Beloved Son.
Each participant will be encouraged to develop in personal integration, chastity, and increased capacity to enter into intimate prayer with the Trinity. He will learn how to better discern the spiritual movements of the heart, while becoming better equipped to accompany and assist others on their spiritual journey.
The program is offered by the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, FL. The Center is a Catholic ministry dedicated to serving bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, families, married couples, therapists and lay ministers, to bring about transformation in the heart of the Church.
St. John Neumann Center, Tallahassee, FL. The center has a chapel for prayer and adoration, and is located next to Blessed Sacrament Church, offering a 24 hour adoration chapel and daily Mass in the morning and evening.
June 4th to 29th, 2018
Tuition includes all meals, lodging, workbooks, and program costs. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
4 Week Program-Total cost for each participant - $3,900
*Limited space available
If you desire to attend less than the full 4 weeks, here are other options:
1 Week Option - $1,000 per person (excludes Week 1 - Restoring the Glory)
2 week Option - $2,000 per person
3 week Option - $3,000 per person
*If you need to register for any term less than the full four weeks please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regsitration for this event will close May 21st at 5pm Eastern Time (unless capacity is reached prior).
Refund policy: Full refund less $50 processing fee until 30 days prior to the event. Within 30 day, no refund will be provided. Event registrations are not transferable between persons or events.
PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to concelebrate, please mail your Letter of Suitability to:
Most Rev. William Wack
C/O Msgr. Michael Reed
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
11 North B Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
Msgr Reed’s email: email@example.com
Overview of Program
Week One “Restoring the Glory” - Based in Church teaching and St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”, participants delve deeply into their identity as men, how they relate to God in their sexuality, their relationships with others, and the process of growing in chaste celibacy. Daily teaching is augmented by personal reflection, daily Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and opportunities to receive personal prayer. (This first week is a conference open to about 55 participants-including lay people. The seminarians and priests will be joining the conference.)
Week Two - A guided silent Retreat, led by a priest (Fr. Justin Brady) focusing on the “discerning of spirits”, with the purpose of growing in deeper intimacy with the Holy Trinity. Includes daily Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, group prayer and spiritual direction offered by Fr. Brady. Begins on Saturday, June 9 at 3pm, and ends on Thursday, June 14th at 1pm.
Week Three - Healing the Whole Person - An experience of entering into the wounds of Christ to find personal Healing and Transformation. Teaching is drawn from the book “Be Healed” and the “Healing the Whole Person” workbook. Will include teaching, small group meetings, personal prayer experiences, daily Mass and reconciliation.
Week Four (Pastoral) - Training and equipping for pastoral ministry and personal holiness. The focus will be on learning to be docile to the voice and movements of the Holy Spirit in a posture of abiding in Christ. Availability of adoration, personal prayer experiences, daily Mass and reconciliation.
Recommended texts (to be read in advance):
“Be Healed” by Dr. Bob Schuchts can be purchased here.
“Loved as I Am” by Sr. Miriam James Heidland can be purchased here.
“Virginity” by Fr. Raneiro Cantalemessa
“Discerning of Spirits” by Fr. Tim Gallagher
“ABBA’s Heart” by Neal Lozano
“Sons of the Father” by Gordon Dalbey
“Unbound” by Neal Lozano
A foreward by Fr. Toups, Parish Priest and Vicar of Clergy in Houma -Thibidoux, La. can be read here.
To read a letter from Bishop Bill Wack, Bishop of Pensacola Tallahassee Diocese click here.
To read a letter from Fr. Michael Becker, rector of St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota, click here.