Formation Program

How does one become a priest? What sort of training does it take? These questions are common for those who consider the call to serve as a priest. Many people have no real idea what goes into training a man to become a priest, and fewer still have ever been to a seminary—the school where candidates for priesthood go to learn the things necessary to be good priests. Those who are accepted as seminarians for the Archdiocese of Baltimore go through a process known as “formation.” This entails a combination of academic study, practical experiences through internships and prayer, all of which serve to help shape the man into a minister after the Heart of Jesus, the High Priest. Para ver esta página en español,haga clic aquí.


For those entering after high school, a candidate must complete a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Philosophy, in preparation for graduate level Theology. Candidates who elect to attend the college of their choice while remaining in contact with the Office of Vocations and a spiritual director are considered “College Candidates.” Those who attend a college seminary are considered “College Seminarians.” As a College Seminarian, a man is typically sent to:

Our Lady of Providence College Seminary
485 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

In accordance with the United States Bishops’ Program of Priestly Formation, 2007, college seminarians are required to complete 30 credit hours in philosophy and 12 credit hours in religious studies. Philosophical courses should include metaphysics, anthropology, epistemology, ethics, logic