The aim of the Propaedeutic Year is to provide a community environment in which candidates for the priesthood are exposed to spiritual-human formation so that they are fully rooted in their faith in Christ, and prepared for the seminary formation.

It is essential that this year be a community experience, offering the candidate the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ. The distinctive nature of the diocesan priesthood is authentically rooted in the dimensions of the Christian Community.

The Propaedeutic Year aims at promoting the student’s personal life with Jesus through:

  • The personal life of Prayer

  • The Word of God as the Living Word

  • Liturgy and the Paschal Mystery

  • Spiritual Direction

  • Retreats and Days of Recollection

  • An Introduction to Catechesis

Pastoral work and work with the poor is central to the diocesan priesthood, and the Propaedeutic Year aims to promote this, especially in a ‘Pastoral Placement’, working with the poor and disadvantaged, of one month’s duration.

An important and underpinning aspect of the year is human formation based on an initial assessment of each student.

Individual, personal and group work will be part of the development programme. The purpose is to enable the student to mould his personality in such a way that it becomes a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ.



Prayer to Our Lady
May Our Lady Vulnerata and

all our Martyr Saints

intercede for us with the Lord,

that our students and benefactors,

past and present,

may be helped and saved

by Him.