Pillars of Priestly Formation

Dedicated to priestly formation

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary blends our rich history and solid foundation with new virgor in a priestly formation model designed to help form priests for the 21st century.

The priestly formation model has four pillars:

  • Human Formation: Gain self-knowledge

Priests need social and leadership skills to be a bridge between the people they serve and God. Through human formation, we help you model yourself on Jesus.

  • Spiritual Formation: Grow in your faith

Spiritual formation includes daily celebration of the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours, communal devotions, spiritual direction, and retreats and conferences. The Seminary grounds offer inspiring locations for daily personal prayer, including the Lourdes grotto.

  • Intellectual Formation: Deepen your understanding of Catholic theology

Study prayer and worship, spirituality, counseling, Scripture, morality, doctrine and Church history at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

  • Pastoral Formation: Build essential skills

We emphasize real-world, hands-on preparation through pastoral education, supervised ministry in a hospital, prison or social service agency, and ongoing involvement in a teaching parish.


Salt of the earth

Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is dedicated to high-quality priestly formation. Our focus is:

  • Pastoral, weaving all aspects of formation into practical applications that prepare priests for service and leadership.
  • Individual, with one-on-one direction, mentoring and dialogue.
  • Local, forming seminarians within the communities where they will serve.

The Seminary provides human, spiritual and pastoral preparation in accord with our longtime motto, "You are the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13a). Intellectual formation is carried out in collaboration with Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, through the Master of Divinity degree program

Many ways to give

Any donation to the Seminary is greatly appreciated, and there are many options for giving.
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