St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Institute of Priestly and Religious Formation
Fraternitias Sacerdotalis Sancti Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Institute Of Priestly And Religious Formation
St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori Institute of Priestly and Religious Formation is located in Hammonton, New Jersey, USA. The two largest cities in New Jersey are located nearby: Newark, about 90 miles distant, and Jersey City, about 93 miles distant.
St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori Institute of Priestly and Religious Formation is located within the territorial boundaries of the Supplied Jurisdiction of Traditional Catholics in the United States of America whose Mother House is located on 300 Peach Street, Hammonton, New Jersey.
Landscape as seen from the Seminary grounds
St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori Institute of Priestly and Religious Formation is a Society of Bishop’s, Priests, Seminarians and Religious Brothers and Sisters following the life of Holy Mother the Church and the patronage of our founder St. Alphonsus and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The particular charism and mission of the Society is to offer the Sacred Liturgy, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Divine Office, in all of their traditional solemnity, according to the Sacred Rituals and Latin liturgical books of 1962.The members of the Society must be tireless in seeking out all people regardless to race, color, creed, or gender, especially the poor, the disenfranchise and oppressed throughout the entire world wherever they are called to serve. They are called to preach and teach the Gospel and to defend the teachings of the timeless Magisterium. The Society's name denotes our thanksgiving, filial love, and loyalty to St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori, who encourages our growth, as well as the unity in Christ which our clergy and religious strive to have characterized in their lives and work.
The formation program at St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori Institute of Priestly and Religious Formation is six years long. It consists of the following divisions:
1. Six Months of spiritual formation: An initial "Six months of spirituality" introduces the candidate to the Society, its community life, and a disciplined life of prayer and penance. During this time, the seminarian wears civilian dress, and in close union with his superiors and spiritual director, seeks to discern if he is truly being called to become a priest for this community.
2. Two years of philosophical studies: In order to study theology, a sound philosophical formation is necessary. As many Popes have recommended, the philosophical studies carried out at our seminary are according to the principles and methods of St. Thomas Aquinas. These two years of philosophy are complemented by a number of other subjects such as Latin, Greek, Intro to Scripture, Fundamental Theology and Gregorian Chant. Seminarians take the cassock at the beginning of their second year and become temporary incorporated members of the Society.
4. Four years of theological studies: This is a systematic study of the entire content of the Catholic faith. The principal work used is the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas. This is augmented by study of the historical and scriptural basis for the Church's explication of dogma, as well as authentic teaching and development that has taken place in subsequent centuries. In addition to Dogmatic and Moral Theology, Exegesis, Liturgy, Church History, Canon Law, and Gregorian Chant are also studied during these years. A semester, or year, of apostolic work is included in the four years.
The progression and advancement towards the priesthood includes Minor, as well as Major Orders (Porter, Lector, Exorcist, Acolyte, Subdiaconate, Diaconate & Priesthood). During this period of formation each Candidate will commit themselves to vows within the Society of Poverty, Chasity, Obedience, and Stability. This systematic integration into priesthood provides reassurances along the way towards ordination. At the end of the formation process, the seminarian has progressed through a development of his spiritual and ascetic life within the context of community living. Following priestly ordination, the priest will be assigned by the Superior General to a particular apostolate within the Society that includes parish work, teaching and possible further studies.