Seminary Formation: Recent History – Current Circumstances – New Directions

In this bookSem_Formation, Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF examines the many aspects of theologate-level schools including their structures and missions, organization and leadership, student enrollment, backgrounds of both seminarians and lay students, and the evolution and development of degree programs, including human and spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation since 1985.  Essentially a report on research Sr. Katarina conducted, the book contains tables, charts, and statistical analysis about seminaries and seminarians over the past 30 years. The volume ends with commentaries by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, president of the Oblate School Theology, San Antonio, TX; Thomas Walters, professor emeritus of Religious Education, St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN; Leon M. Hutton, vice-rector and director of Human Formation and Evaluations (to 2015), St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA; Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Vice president, academic dean, professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL; and Msgr. Peter Vaccari, rector, St. Joseph’s Seminary and College, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, NY. The Foreword is by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. An excellent overview of current trends in seminary training. Available for $24.95 from Liturgical Press, 2950 St. John’s Rd., P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321. Tel: (800) 858-5450. Fax: (800) 445-5899. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.litpress.org.