The Journey and Local Formation

Your son will begin seminary with anywhere between 6-8 years of formation ahead of him.  It is a lengthy journey to give a great assurance about God's call for him, and to give the Church and the candidate ample freedom to discern.

During his theological studies, as a man get's closer to ordination, he will reach a few milestones during his preparation.  The milestones are described below.  These milestones are celebrated in the seminary where your son is attending.  Each seminary sets its own schedule.  To view the schedule, visit the calendar of each individual seminary.  See the links to the left.

Additionally, seminaries will host various events for friends and families throughout the year, please use the links at the left to see when the events are scheduled at each seminary.

Locally the seminarians are involved in various activities during their times for break and summer.  Please see the calendar at the bottom of the page for more information.

Candidacy
When a man receives candidacy, he is publicly declaring that he is committing himself to a program of formation for service to God and to the Catholic Church as an ordained minister. The Catholic Church, in the person of the bishop, is publicly accepting the candidate into the ranks of the candidates for Holy Orders.

Candidacy is a first official recognition on the part of the church that there are preliminary signs of a vocation to Holy Orders that remain to be confirmed in subsequent years of formation.

Installation of Acolytes
The acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon.  In particular, it is his responsibility to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if it is necessary, as an extraordinary minister, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful.  This is one of the steps a candidate for orders (diaconate and for priesthood) receives.

Installation of Readers
The reader is instituted to proclaim the readings from sacred scripture, with the exception of the gospel reading. A reader may also announce the intentions for the general intercessions, and in the absence of the psalmist, sing or read the psalm between the readings. This is one of the steps a candidate for orders (diaconate and for priesthood) receives.

Diaconate Ordination
Normally during a man’s third year in theology, he petitions the bishop for ordination to the transitional diaconate.  Every priest is ordained a deacon for a minimum of 6 months.  During the ordination ceremony, the candidate receives the first order of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  It is during this ceremony where the man makes the promises of celibacy, prayer, and obedience.  Once ordained, a deacon may proclaim the Gospel and preach, Baptize and witness marriages.  Normally you will also see a deacon assisting a priest during the mass.

Ordination to the Priesthood
Once a man finishes his theology training, he petitions the bishop for ordination to the priesthood.  Soon after the ordination, he will receive his first assignment, and, he will be a priest forever!

Ordinations to the Diaconate and Priesthood normally are celebrated on the Friday (diaconate) and Saturday (priesthood) of Memorial Day Weekend.  Ordinations normally take place at the Cathedral.  For a schedule of this year’s ordination, please see the google calendar below.

Seminarian Summer Formation

Summer break for seminarians for the Diocese of Wichita is comprised of two essential components: formation and work. Formation: The seminarians of the diocese meet on various occasions for opportunities of fraternity, fun, and prayer. Work: College candidates are gainfully employed during the summer months, while theologians learn about Hispanic Ministry, engage in pastoral ministry in various institutions in the diocese, or receive a pastoral placement in a parish. Following is a calendar of this summer's formation opportunities.

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