“Those Brothers called to serve the people of God as Priests must continue their preparation for the priesthood which was begun in Novitiate. This consists of a well rounded development of their personality in Christ. In that the students might more easily fulfill their obligations as Paulines in the Church, it is necessary that we develope our own seminaries. They must be organized and properly staffed and equipped for executing a full formation on the spiritual, intellectual and pastoral levels.”
– (The Constitutions of the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, Article 76)
The Pauline monks who wish to become priests in our Order must go through the seminary formation. The seminary is a great school of prayer where the vocation of our brothers matures, where their friendship with God deepens. A life of prayer is a clear foundation of seminary formation, especially a daily Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. Our brothers, just like any seminarians, in the course of their education study mainly philosophy and theology.
Currently, our religious community has two houses of study in Krakow (Poland) and in Rome (Italy), where our brothers can prepare themselves for priestly ordination.
KRAKOW – SKALKA
Our seminary at Skalka Monastery in Krakow has been associated with theological studies in our Order for over 350 years. The Major Seminary of the Pauline Fathers and Brothers in Krakow is affiliated with the Pontifical University of St. John Paul II, at which our future priests earn their theological degree.
Our house of studies in Rome is located at the Prima Porta Monastery, in the outskirts of the city. Our seminarians there are the students of the PontificalUniversity of St. Thomas Aquinas – Angelicum. All the classes are taught in English.
OUR SEMINARY LIFE
Our brothers, just like any seminarians, in the course of their education study mainly philosophy and theology.
Toward the end of the seminary formation, our brothers make their final vows(perpetual vows) in the Order, which precede Diaconate Ordination. As the last step before being ordained into the priesthood, our Deacons undertake pastoral assignments at different parishes, monasteries, and shrines for a certain period of time.