Seminarians benefit significantly from the regular counsel of faculty members in reaching decisions concerning their intellectual, pastoral, human and spiritual formation. Throughout the four years of the program, students work closely with an academic advisor, a formation director, and a teaching parish supervisor who serve as a formation team, supporting their formation for ordained ministry. The academic advisor assists students in planning their program of study and fulfilling degree requirements, as well as providing counsel as their studies progress. As students gain pastoral experience in their teaching parish, they are guided by a supervisor, usually the pastor, in acquiring ministerial experience. The formation director, who is a priest faculty member, works with students to integrate all aspects of formation and coordinates the work of the formation team.