FORMATION

Overview

Our formation programs are grounded in the formation directives of the Church and prepare the seminarian using the four pillars of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral. Sulpician formation is holistic in nature and includes the well-being of the priest. Seminarians are formed by the witness of their formators’ lives and experiences.

Sulpician Tradition

For over 370 years, the priests of the Society of Saint Sulpice have dedicated themselves to seminarian formation. The Sulpician founder, Father Jean-Jacques Olier, understood the heart of the diocesan priest and created a formation program suited specifically so that the diocesan priest would be molded into a true shepherd of his people.

Seminarian Life

The formation programs at Theological College are complemented and supported by a vibrant community life. Following the Sulpician Tradition of the holistic priesthood, TC encourages and supports the fostering of a strong brotherhood amongst the seminarians while encouraging a healthy, relaxing atmosphere for their emotional well-being.

Liturgical Life

A rich liturgical and musical program enhances TC’s formation programs. TC strives to follow the Church’s directives for music and its incorporation into the liturgy. Many students participate in the TC Schola under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Muller.

Basselin Program

The Basselin program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates who have completed at least two years of course work with a superior academic record and have discerned a vocation to the priesthood.

Pre-Theology Program

For men who hear God’s calling to the priesthood and have already completed an undergraduate degree but require additional philosophical formation before entering theological studies.

Theology Program

For men with a college degree and a firm philosophical foundation, who have discerned the call to begin formal theological studies.

Spanish Studies

Theological College hosts a dynamic student-run Hispanic Affairs Club whose activities include weekly opportunities to grow in language fluency and awareness of the various Hispanic cultures in America.