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Formation for priesthood takes 6-7 years. Usually, this at the SGS (Seminary of the Good Shepherd) Homebush, though other options are also available. SGS is residential, and students live together, sharing meals, prayer, daily Mass and community life together. There are lectures, seminars, retreats and practical experiences aimed at nurturing and developing a priestly heart.
In the first three years students undertake a Bachelor of Theology degree with the Catholic Institute of Sydney, and then take some further study in the remaining years.
Every week includes some pastoral ministry within a school, a nursing home or a parish. There are workshops on the practical skills of public speaking and preaching, teaching and leading liturgy.
There is a one week retreat each year, as well as regular one-on-one spiritual direction and reflection days. Formation programs are tailored to each man to focus on developing his self-awareness, character and relationship skills which will equip him to love and serve people well.
For more information go to the Good Shepherd’s Seminary
To read about seminary life from the point of view of someone currently on this path you can follow Samuel French's blog at the link below.
Samuel French's Blog