Ongoing Formation of Clergy

Welcome to the Ongoing Formation page! Please, check this page regularly as we try to update its contents every month. Please click here, for information on policies and guidelines concerning ongoing formation for priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Summer 2023 Programs at St. John’s Seminary

Ongoing Formation Days: June 6-9, 2023 
(Tuesday dinner – Friday lunch)
“Becoming Eucharistic People”

Presenter: Dr. Timothy P. O’Malley 

  • Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • Academic Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Institute for Church Life
  • Author of Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does it Matter? (2021) and Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life (2022)

 

 

 

Priests’ Retreat Week: June 12-16, 2023 
(Monday dinner – Friday lunch)
The Essence of Prayer and the Great Commandment”

Retreat Director: Msgr. Michael Muhr

  • Director of Ministry to Priests, Diocese of St. Peterburg, FL
  • Author of Podcast, “Seeds of Hope: Talks & Homilies by Fr. Mike Muhr.”
  • Was spiritual director and co-taught courses in pastoral ministry for 14 years at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL.

 

 

 

 

These programs will be presented in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish.

For more information and/or to register, visit Ongoing Formation Weeks and Retreat for Priests.

Download the event flyer here.


Ongoing Formation Opportunities for Priests

The following have ongoing programs available throughout the year:

Continuing Education at CTU
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois
For more information, click here.

Continuing Education at FST
Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego, California
For more information, click here.

Institute for Continuing Theological Education (ICTE)
Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy
For more information, click here.

Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation
The Seminaries of Saint Paul, Minnesota
For more information, click here.

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana
For more information, click here.

Institute for Priestly Formation 
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
For more information, click here.

Institute of Pastoral Studies
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
For more information, click here.

Jesuit School of Theology
Santa Clara University campus in Berkeley, California
For more information, click here.

John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
For more information, click here.

Centre for Biblical Formation
Jerusalem, Israel
For more information, click here.

Tantur Ecumenical Institute
Jerusalem, Israel
For more information, click here.


Retreat Opportunities for Priests

The following have retreats scheduled throughout the year:

Cardinal Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priests
Los Angeles, California
For more information, click here.

Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
Los Altos, California
For more information, click here.

New Clairvaux Abbey
Vina, California
For more information, click here.

Redemptorist Renewal Center
Tucson, Arizona
For more information, click here.

Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House
Sedalia, Colorado
For more information, click here.

St. Andrew’s Abbey
Valyermo, California
For more information, click here.

You may also consider a retreat on your own, perhaps in the company of pre-planned reading material and/or a journal for reflection or with regular chats with a spiritual guide on premises.  See available retreat centers in our area from these pages of the ADLA Catholic Directory: Retreat Pages From ADLA 2020-2021


Language Acquisition/Accent Modification

English
Teachers and Preachers (TAP)
A program that allows priests to work individually with Sisters located throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with particular attention given to the Sunday homily.

For information, contact Louis Velasquez at 213-631-1485

Spanish

Year-round programs offered in Puebla, Mexico
LIVIT Spanish Immersion Center
For more information, click here.


Sabbaticals

The following sites contain information on sabbatical experiences offered around the country and around the world. (Please note that archdiocesan funds for sabbaticals do not cover travel expenses.)

Center for Continuing Formation: Sabbaticals
St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
For more information, click here.

Ecce Homo Pilgrim House
Jerusalem, Israel
For more information, click here.

Hesburgh Renewal Program
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois
For more information, click here.

Jesuit School of Theology Renewal Program
Santa Clara University campus in Berkeley, California
For more information, click here.

Mercy Center Sabbatical Programs
Mercy Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
For more information, click here.

Ministry to Ministers Sabbatical Program
Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas
For more information, click here.

Springbank Retreat Sabbaticals
Springbank Retreat Center, Kingstree, SC
For more information, click here.

Tantur Ecumenical Institute
Jerusalem, Israel
For more information, click here.

For an ‘out there’ sabbatical, read what one priest did.


Homiletic Resources

Daily and Sunday Readings, from the USCCB:

*Readings Calendar
*Readings Podcasts
*Reflection Videos

Sunday Homily Preparation Program, from the IDA

*English (weekly recordings uploaded by Tuesday, to help you prepare for the following Sunday)
*Español (grabaciones disponible los Martes, para preparar la homilía del siguiente Domingo)

Other Preaching Resources:

*Basic Steps for Biblical Preaching
*Resources for Preaching
*Bibliography for Lectionary – Based Preaching
*Bibliography for Lectionaries and Related Publications

Videos on YouTube by Msgr. Tom Welbers – Videos indicated as “Banquet of the Word” are 45min-1hr presentations on various elements of the indicated Sunday Mass (usually available mid-afternoon of Tuesday before), as well as some homiletic material. Click here to see his videos.


Rev. Felix Just, SJ
Coordinator of Ongoing Formation

Office of the Vicar for Clergy
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241

Phone: (213) 637-7041
Fax: (213) 637-6607
Email: FrFJust@la-archdiocese.org