[quote="TimothyH, post:7, topic:256108"]
Just to be clear, you have to stay at the seminary overnight? Is this common throughout the various diocese in the US?
Our Diocese has a retreat house where the majority of classes are held. We do stay over night, and classes go into the night.
When we firsts started it was one weekend a month, Friday through Sunday, ending with the Sunday mass at 11. The Saturday evening spirituality classes, all 4 years of formation, lasted most weekends until midnight. Saturdays were killers, mass at 6:45 AM, and then classes started and lasted all day.
The teachers were mostly from our diocese and the Arch Diocese of New Orleans; most were and are seminary instructors.
Later on in the program, two years into it I guess, our leader realized we wouldn't have the hours needed to receive the proper formation, so they added night classes as needed during the week and also additional weekend classes.
This process is not easy, with a family and a full time job, I have no regrets but I am glad the formation process is over.
We are required to receive continuing education each year, and attend retreats.
I didn't have a college degree before starting, and I did not receive a degree with this, only ordination. Some dioceses do offer degrees and require them for deacons, mine does not.