Ongoing Formation

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.

Ongoing Formation Opportunities for Priests

The following have ongoing programs available throughout the year:

Institute for Priestly Formation 
On the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska
For more information, click here.

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

School of Applied Theology
An Affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, California
For more information, click here.

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

Pontifical North American College
Rome, Italy
For more information, click here.

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Meinrad, Indiana
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
For more information, click here.
Conducted by a variety of priests.

Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
Los Altos, California
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 2018

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

June 1- July 13, 2019 (6 weeks) in Puebla, Mexico
International Institute for Culture
For more information, click here.

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.)

Hesburg Sabbatical at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago
For more information, click here.

Jesuit School of Theology Renewal Program
On the Berkley Campus of Santa Clara University in Berkley, California
For more information, click here.

90-Day Sabbatical Programs at Mercy Center in Colorado Springs
For more information, click here.

This site developed for clergy in Australia contains links to sabbatical programs in Rome, England, Ireland, Israel, the United States, the Philippines, Belgium, and New Zealand: http://www.clergy.org.au/ministry-formation/sabbaticals

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

Homiletic Resources

Our brother Msgr. Tom Welbers shares his YouTube channel of videos. The ones 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.

You may also consider visiting the following pages:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Weekly Homily Preparation Sessions (live and recorded)

Rev. Joel Henson
Director 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) 637-7284
Fax: (213) 637-6607
Email: FrJHenson@la-archdiocese.org