Pastoral Formation

SJV seminarians are powerful witnesses of the Gospel on campus and throughout the community. Our men are trained to live the New Evangelization as "missionary disciples" by participating in service projects, teaching religious education, leading Bible studies, and getting involved in campus activities. As part of their pastoral formation, SJV seminarians are expected to complete a Pastoral Ministry Practicum and a Religious Education Practicum.

Opportunities for apostolic outreach:

New Men
  • Tutoring underprivileged children
  • Pro-life sidewalk counseling
Second-Year Men
  • Teaching faith formation
  • Religious Education Practicum
Third-Year Men
  • Volunteer with elderly
  • Pastoral Ministry Practicum
  • On-campus peer ministry, including Bible studies and discipleship groups

SJV seminarians reach out to fellow university students and community members through Last Chance Mass. During the academic year, hundreds of attendees gather for Mass every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. in the seminary chapel. Fr. Michael Becker, SJV rector, celebrates the Mass and offers the Sacrament of Confession beginning at 8:15 p.m. Nearly 40 seminarians help coordinate the liturgy, refreshments, and fellowship.

Catholic Men's Leadership is a weekly gathering of Catholic men and those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. SJV seminarians help lead the group of UST students in prayer, catechesis, and fellowship. Meetings are held Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. in the OSF Leather Room.

SJV seminarians are highly active in the UST chapter of the Knights of Columbus. With nearly 100 members, the organization brings together seminarians and other UST men to engage in community service and outreach. A senior SJV seminarian typically holds the postition of Grand Knight, leading the council in activities, meetings, and events.

Well-established mission trips to India, Honduras and the Dominican Republic give seminarians optional opportunities to work with the poor and marginalized in areas of tremendous need throughout the world.


6:30 a.m.        Angelus, Holy Hour with Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m.        Breakfast
8 a.m.–4 p.m. Class and Study Time
4:00 p.m.       Confessions Available
4:30 p.m.       Rosary (opt.)
5:00 p.m.       Evening Prayer
5:15 p.m.       Mass
6:00 p.m.       Seminary Dinner (T)
6:00 p.m.       Dinner by Diocesan or Fraternal Group (Th)
7–8:30 p.m.   Study Hours (M, T, Th)
6–8 p.m.        Apostolic Outreach (W)
8:30 p.m.       Floor Meetings (M)
9:30 p.m.       Quiet Hours


11:00 a.m.     Confessions Available
12:10 p.m.     Mass

Seminarians pray a holy hour on their own & fast from lunch & technology until 3:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m.      Confessions Available
8:45 a.m.      Schola Practice
9:00 a.m.      Holy Hour
10:00 a.m.    Mass
5:00 p.m.      Evening Prayer (opt.)


8:00 a.m.     Confessions Available
9:00 a.m.     Holy Hour
10:00 a.m.   Mass
11:30 a.m.   Diocesan Brunch
5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer (opt.)
6:15 p.m.     Spiritual Conferences
7:15 p.m.     Announcements
7:30 p.m.     Rosary & Night Prayer
9:30 p.m.     Quiet Hours