Center for Priestly Formation

The University of the Holy Cross erected the Center for Priestly Formation in response to the request for strong initiatives that offer prieslty formation at various levels.

Designed for priests, deacons, and candidates to Holy Orders who are interested in entering more deeply into the meaning of the priesthood, the CFS seeks to offer formative support that is capable of confronting the challenges and demands of contemporary society.


The Center for Priestly Formation is characterized by multicultural openness, an interdisciplinary approach, and particular attention to the problems of contemporary society.

The formation also has a practical orientation to accompany the scientific method typical of university studies.

In evidenza

On Thursdays February 22nd and 29th, and March 7th, 2024, (at 3:00 PM, The Great Hall of Pope John Paul II) the Center for Priestly Formation, in collaboration with the Relational Ontology Research Group (ROR), offers a short Course entitled Prevention of Abuses in the Church. Accompanying, Healing, Managing to priests, religious, seminarians, laypeople, and University students.

The lessons are held by professors Ilaria Vigorelli and Francisco Insa, from the School of Theology, Jordi Pujol from the School of Communication, and Davide Cito from the School of Canon Law.

Starting from February 15, 2024, begins the 11th edition of the Seminar Trainers Course  on Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM. The course is designed for priest students in Rome who will be providing future service in the training and guidance of candidates for priesthood.

The course aims to contribute to the preparation of trainers for diocesan seminaries, prepare for the ministry of spiritual accompaniment and discernment, teach how to provide training for freedom, understand the maturation processes of seminarians, and develop awareness of the seminary environment.

The course is conducted exclusively in face-to-face format, lasting for two academic semesters, and will conclude in January 2025.

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XI edizione del Corso per formatori di seminari

From January 29th to February 2nd, 2024, the VIII Seminar Week for Trainers took place titled "Pastori secondo il Cuore di Cristo. La dimensione pastorale della formazione sacerdotale".

The activity was aimed at priests holding positions in seminaries and sought to initiate a shared reflection and fruitful discussion among the various stakeholders involved in the formation of candidates for the priesthood.

November 13, 2023 (at 3:30 PM, Aula Benedict XVI), on the occasion of the publication of the seventh volume of the ROR Studies Series, titled "Authority and Mediation. Asymmetric Relationships in the Church" (edited by I. Vigorelli, J. Pujol, and F. Insa), the workshop on the theme "Authority in the Church: Service and Abuses" took place.

The event was organized not only by the ROR Group but also by the Center for Priestly Formation and the School of Church Communication.

Speakers included Monsignor Andrea Ripa from the Apostolic Signatura Tribunal, sociologist Cecilia Costa, theologian Gill Goulding, and Jordi Pujol, professor of Ethics and Law of Communication.


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