How many years normally does it take in the seminary before becoming a priest? I used google and it brought me 4 years after college or 7-9 years if out of secondary school. Currently I am planning to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville for 4 years, and I am gonna be studying theology and maybe minor in philosophy? Will it take 4 years after college if all goes well?
ByzCath is right about the 30 units philosophy and 12 units of theology, so if you’re serious about preparing for the priesthood, you definitely want to major in philosophy and minor in theology. It might not seem to make sense to you now, because it is natural to assume that undergraduate theology is the best preparation for graduate theology. This is the case in, say, physics, literature, or history.
But this is not the case in theology.
In a certain sense, studying for the priesthood is like studying medicine. Pre-med students don’t take undergraduate courses in infectious diseases, they take undergraduate courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, and the like, because knowledge of those fields is necessary to understand the actual med school course-work.
In much the same way, theology requires a very strong grounding in philosophy.
**So, buckle down and do the philosophy major. **
So, how long will it take?
Assuming you major in philosophy, it will depend on whether you join a diocese or an order. Most diocesan programs will be very similar, but those of the religious orders can vary quite a bit.
The Program of Priestly Formation requires four years of theology study above and beyond the undergraduate requirements. It also requires a great deal of what is called “Pastoral Formation”.
Paragrah 243 states that
The pastoral formation program should be an integral part of the seminary curriculum and accredited as such, but none of its elements should compromise the two years of full-time pre-Theology studies or the four years of full-time theological studies.
In practice, this seems to be taken care of by inserting a full “Pastoral Year” into the program, so that the course of study looks like this:
Year 1 = Theology 1
Year 2 = Theology 2
Year 3 = Pastoral Year
Year 4 = Theology 3
Year 5 = Theology 4
(This example it taken from my home diocese, whichi is St. Petersburg, Fl.)
During the pastoral year you will be assigned to live and work in a parish or other ministry situation.
Most orders seem to have a year of so of “postulancy”, followed by a couple years of “Novitiate”. After this they send you off to a seminary for four years. Some orders add all kinds of other stuff on top of this. For example:
Legionaries of Christ require Latin & Greek, plus training in fighting with medieval weapons. :knight2: (Kidding on that last part)
Jesuits send everybody for advanced degrees, plus extra training in how to subvert the doctrine of the Church. (Hah hah! Just kidding on that last part too! :rotfl:
Anyhow, I hope this is helpful to you.
In closing let me reiterate the most important part:
MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY! :yup: :extrahappy:
I didn’t. :banghead: :mad: :crying: