The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception is the Seminary of the Personal Apostolic Administration of St. John Mary Vianney, created by the Holy Father St. John Paul II in 2002 to form priests who will celebrate the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, or the so called Tridentine Mass. Our Seminary had the honor of having the cornerstone blessed by St. John Paul II himself. The formation in our seminary follows, as in all seminaries of the Catholic Church, the guidelines established in the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis – the Gift of the Presbyteral Vocation, with the characteristics proper to our Apostolic Administration, oriented to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. Thus, our seminarians are formed for ministry in our parishes, where the priestly life is directed towards this specific charism.
The philosophical and theological studies follow the guidelines established by the Church. We have a Spirituality Year, a year dedicated for priestly spirituality and vocational discernment. Three years of Philosophy and a four year Theological Study program. Our day-to-day living is ruled by the internal regulations and the guidance of the formation priests. The day in the Seminary is divided into prayer, study and meals, but also in recreation, with a relaxed atmosphere, where the seminarians are prepared for the priesthood, living the joy of the Gospel. Perhaps one thing that sets well our pace is that we have a specific time for each and every one of the activities in our routine. The reason we do this is that we try to accomplish each one of them well. The ringing of the bell wakes us up and reminds us that God invites us to begin a new day. The first office of the day is in the Chapel, starting with the recitation of the Angelus. Then, we pray the office of Lauds, which is followed by Meditation or personal prayer that lasts about half hour. Right after we have the most important moment of the day: the Holy Mass.
In the morning we attend classes from 8:30 a.m. till 12 noon. In the middle of the day we all come together in the Chapel of the Seminary to pray the office of Sext, which is followed by our midday examination of conscience.Then we have lunch.
Afternoon is divided into several parts: time for working on the maintenance and cleaning of the Seminary; relaxation and recreation to restore our energy; and a time reserved for private studies. Some days we also have choir and liturgy rehearsals and meetings with our spiritual directors.
Before dinner Vespers are replaced by the recitation of the Rosary in common (on Wednesdays) or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (on Thursdays).After dinner we enjoy free time with conversations and recreation. The end of our day is in the Chapel, just as it begun, but now praying Compline, the night prayer. At the end of Compline great silence begins: our last word of the day is addressed to the Lord.
This routine, of course, has some variations:
On Tuesdays the Holy Mass is celebrated in the afternoon by the Bishop. Right after, he gives us a talk with time for discussion.
On Sundays the Holy Mass is at 10:15 a.m. This mass is always chanted or solemn. On Sunday afternoons we enjoy free time and the family members of the seminarians may come to visit. There’s also time for leisure. On Sundays the seminarians pray Solemn Vespers before dinner.
Briefly this is our day to day life. If you want to know our seminary, click here and contact us. It will be a pleasure to answer you.