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"The whole training of students should have as its object to make them true shepherds of souls after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, teacher, priest and shepherd." (Optatum Totius, 4)

Pastoral formation builds upon the baptismal vocation of service and discipleship. Pastoral formation at St. Basil Seminary includes apostolic work and some form of field education.

This provides an invaluable experience in preparation for the seminarian’s future ministry. The main apostolates are: religious instructions in parish communities, human concern projects, visiting local hospitals and nursing homes, and youth apostolate work.

The pastoral formation program of the Seminary includes supervised summer placements in parishes, youth camps, and catechetical practices in the Unites States, Ukraine, Siberia, Kazakhstan, and other locations.