Priestly Formation & Integrative Healing


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The formation of a seminarian is a journey to the priesthood that involves the healing of anything that impedes his becoming a bridge between the Church and Christ. Such healing is necessary so that this future priest can effectively minister to God’s people. This healing, that is formation, is directed not toward emotional or psychological pathology but toward the normal cascade of moral and situational pain that holds many men captive. In the best of seminaries, the four integrated dimensions of formation —human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral —conspire to set these men free. This book sets out to explore this kind of healing.