There are currently 25 seminarians training to become priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Their formation is focused on human, pastoral, intellectual and spiritual growth through:
MINOR SEMINARY PROGRAM
2–4-year program for college seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Stamford, CT.
MAJOR SEMINARY PROGRAM
4-year theology program at: St. Joseph’s, Dunwoodie, NY, Pope St. John XXIII, Weston, MA, and The Pontifical North American College, Rome
Our young men need our prayers, mentorship, fellowship and financial support on their journey to become a Catholic priest.
- Educational costs for both minor and major seminary are approximately $50,000 per year. Finances should not stand in the way of young men willing to respond to their call to the priesthood.
- Priesthood in today’s world requires experience in many disciplines and mentorship can offer background in some of these areas.
- The journey to become a priest can be challenging in today’s secular driven world. Our seminarians need accompaniment on this journey.
Along with providing financial support, there are multiple opportunities to engage in the accompaniment of the seminarians of the Diocese of Bridgeport during their formation process:
- GROUP GATHERINGS: twice per year, sharing in prayer, fellowship, and a meal
- ADDITIONAL GATHERINGS: on at least one occasion while on summer assignments
- SEMINARY PILGRIMAGES: based on the seminary schedule and calendar
- ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: e-mail updates 3 times per year and regular newsletter
Mentoring opportunities will also be pursued to supplement the development of our seminarians.