Steps to the Priesthood

Daily Schedule at the Seminary

(for priests, seminarians, and brothers)

5:30 Rise
6:00 Angelus, Prime, Meditation
7:00 Holy Mass and Thanksgiving
8:15 Breakfast and Chores
9:00 Classes / Study / Work
11:45 Sext / Particular Examination of Conscience
12:00 Angelus
12:15 Lunch and Recreation
1:35 Rosary
2:00 Classes / Study / Work
5:00 Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
6:15 Dinner and Recreation
7:30 Study
8:05 Spiritual Reading
8:45 Examination of Conscience, Compline
9:45 Lights Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Phase of Religious Life Course of Studies  Level of Holy Orders
First Year Postulancy Liberal Arts
Second Year Reception of the Cassock/Novitiate Ascetical and Mystical Theology
Third Year Novitiate (continued) Philosophy
Fourth Year First Vows Philosophy Tonsure
Fifth Year Renewal of Vows Theology Porter, Lectern
Sixth Year Renewal of Vows Theology Exorcist, Acolyte
Seventh Year Perpetual Vows Theology Subdiaconate, Deacon
Eighth Year Theology Priesthood

 

Levels of Holy Orders

Tonsure: ceremony in which one is received into the clerical state by having the hair shorn on the crown of the head

Minor Orders:

Porter: receives the right to guard over the church doors

Lector: receives the right to read certain passages of Holy Scripture during Mass

Exorcist: receives the right to exorcize evil spirits with the permission of the bishop

Acolyte: receives the right to carry the candles and give the wine and water at Holy Mass

Major Orders:

Subdiaconate: gives the right to present the water at a Solemn High Mass, to sing the Epistle, to bring the sacred vessels to the altar, to hold the paten during the Canon; it binds the ordinand to perpetual celibacy and the daily recitation of the Divine Office

Diaconate: gives the ordinand, with permission, the right to preach, distribute Holy Communion, and to solemnly baptize as well as to assist the priest at Holy Mass

Priesthood: imprints an indelible mark upon the soul and gives the power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to forgive sins in the Sacrament of Penance

Year Phase of Religious Life Course of Studies 
First Year Postulancy Liberal Arts
Second Year Reception of the Cassock/Novitiate Ascetical and Mystical Theology
Third Year Novitiate (continued)
Fourth Year First Vows
Fifth Year Renewal of Vows
Sixth Year Renewal of Vows
Seventh Year Perpetual Vows