Formation in the College of Liberal Arts

Human | Spiritual | Intellectual | Pastoral

Human Formation

Human formation at the college level aims at helping seminarians attain full adult maturity. The first step in personal growth is a good knowledge of self. Students are encouraged to develop their personal qualities and to address any personal problems that would hamper their effectiveness as priests. A primary goal is the attainment of affective maturity as a condition for living chaste celibacy. In addition, collegians focus on developing leadership qualities and skills; they learn how to be obedient and to exercise authority in appropriate ways.

Spiritual Formation

The aim of spiritual formation in the College is twofold: to cultivate the personal prayer life and spiritual growth of the seminarian, and to foster an understanding of and love for the liturgical life of the Church. Spiritual direction and regular group conferences deepen the student’s appreciation of and involvement in the rich spiritual heritage of the Catholic faith. Each student participates in the liturgy as acolyte and lector, and some are involved in planning liturgical music and as cantors.

Intellectual Formation

A liberal arts education is an ideal foundation for a life of Christian fidelity and service, and it readies students for graduate studies in theology while developing balanced study habits, critical thinking skills, cultural insights, and a depth of understanding of the human condition. The core curriculum is rooted in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines designed to promote and deepen understanding of our faith tradition as Catholics: Philosophy, English Composition and Literature, Theology, Latin and Modern Languages, History, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, Speech, Fine Arts, and Physical Education.

The College of Liberal Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Philosophy or in the Humanities. The latter offers an interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in one of four tracks: Literature, Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies, History, or Classical Studies. The average rate of entrance to a theologate from the Josephinum’s College of Liberal Arts is 81%.

Pastoral Formation

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As a means of achieving the goals of education and service, college seminarians are provided supervised occasions to grow in practical knowledge of pastoral skills by being of service to the local community. Through periodic reflections, mentoring, and assessment, the seminarian has the opportunity to articulate his experiences.

Pastoral placements include, among others, ministry with the incarcerated, with parish youth groups, with the elderly in assisted-living facilities, with young people at the Salesian Center, and with the disabled via Special Olympics. Placements change yearly, so the seminarian’s social awareness and pastoral skills are developed over time.