What is life like as a seminarian?

In many respects, life as a seminarian is similar to that of other students. Seminarians take classes with a particular emphasis on philosophy and theology and enjoy time with other students on campus, both male and female, and especially with their brother seminarians. However, due to the unique characteristics of a priestly vocation, they live by a rule of life that assists them as they grow in virtue and the interior life. It includes daily Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, regular conferences, days of recollection, apostolic work, and devotions, as well as ample time for study and recreation. The family atmosphere of the seminary is a school of charity and a way to grow in the human virtues that are an indispensable preparation for priestly work.

Saint John Paul II outlined in his Apostolic Exhortation, Pastores Dabo Vobis, four essential areas of a seminarian’s preparation for the priestly vocation. These four pillars of seminary life are human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. The seminary seeks to assist men in precisely these four areas, because all four are of vital importance in forming a man to be a balanced, holy, learned, and effective priest of Jesus Christ.

Life in the seminary is very rich, building up the entire person, both humanly and spiritually, in a warm and supportive environment. A typical day at Seminary, for instance, might look something like this:

6:30am Rise
7:15am Lauds (Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours)
7:30am Holy Mass
8:00am Breakfast
Classes and study time
12:00pm Lunch
Afternoon classes and study
Sports and exercise
5:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00pm Vespers (Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours)
6:15pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
6:30pm  Supper
7:30pm Music practice, formation conferences or personal and study time
11:00pm  Retire