Priestly Formation

The Ad Hoc Working Group on Priestly Formation conducted internet meetings to produce an eight-page document to be sent to the appropriate committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. Bishops' Program for Priestly Formation: Fifth Edition is due for revision and updating IN 2019.

NEW: March 11, 2019, NCR: Seminaries evolving

NEW: Posted February 7, 2019, from NCR: Clergy warned not to place themselves above laypeople

WHO WE ARE
AUSCP Working Group Chair: Ron Chochol, rcchochol@aol.com
AUSCP Facilitator: Marty Marren, mtmarren@comcast.net
AUSCP Leadership Team Liaison: Kevin Clinton, kevin.clinton@npcatholic.org

WHY WE ARE WORKING
Since the December 8, 2016 Congregation for the Clergy’s release of The Gift of the Priestly Vocation (Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis—3rd Edition), with its mandate that each conference of bishops update its Program of Priestly Formation, we of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) have felt called and duty-bound to contribute to this important process. Our 2017 Assembly in Atlanta made addressing it one of our three top priorities for 2017-2018. A Working Group was established and has worked diligently since August 2017 to prepare observations, concerns, and proposals regarding five crucial components of priestly formation.

WHAT WE SAID TO U.S. BISHOPS
LETTER TO THE USCCB AND THE FULL DOCUMENT HERE

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
NEW:
January 14, 2019: Read Part I of an NCR series on seminary formation
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January 22, 2019: Read Part II of an NCR series: Seminary opposition to Pope Francis NEW: January 28, 2019: Read Part III of an NCR series: Scandal galvanizes seminarians’ resolve
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February 8, 2019: Read Part IV of an NCR Series: Seminary formation: Screening, service and reflection part of antidote to clericalism