Pastoral Formation

Saint John Vianney seminarians are powerful witnesses on campus and throughout the community. Our young men are living the New Evangelization 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 (2 credits) and a Religious Education Practicum (2 credits). In his first year, a seminarian is asked to minister twice a month with a local apostolate, such as visiting the elderly, tutoring at Sharing and Caring Hands, and spending time with youth at St. Joseph's Home for Children. In their second year, seminarians teach religious education once a week at a local parish. Third year seminarians participate in a Pastoral Ministry class and spend time volunteering with local charities. During the fourth year of formation, SJV seminarians minister to their peers in student organizations on campus. 

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.