At The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, each seminarian participates in the highly acclaimed Teaching Parish Program. All seminarians are assigned to a teaching parish for four years of seminary formation.
Under the guidance of seminary faculty, students follow a plan for ministerial development that will best prepare them for ordained pastoral ministry in their dioceses. Students work closely with experienced pastors, identify competencies essential to the role of the priest, practice those skills with supervision, receive valuable feedback, reflect theologically on their experiences, and identify their gifts for service and leadership in the Church. Additionally, seminarians participate in a one-hour weekly discussion providing opportunties for theological reflection and integration of pastoral experiences.