Formation Programs

human formation

The Updated Philippine Program of Priestly Formation recognizes the necessity of a suitable human formation as the foundation for priestly formation. It  encourages seminaries to  take a “serious and keen attention to the factors arising from personal history, culture and from the wider Philippine history, culture, society, etc. that form the ‘humanity’ of the seminarians and to formulate programs suitable for their unique needs.” (UPPPF #25 p. 17)

In response to this, ICST restructured and intensifies its human formation program as it embarks on its own updated program of formation that is in line with the new Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis (RFIS) and the needs of the Northern Luzon Church in the Philippines.

Human Formation for ICST is designed with the recommendations of the UPPPF and the New RFIS taken into serious consideration. Specific areas recommended are the following:  self-esteem and self-giving, attitudes toward authority, celibate chastity and sexuality, detachment and a lifestyle of simplicity, motivational maturity, a sense of justice, and moral conscience.

spiritual formation

“The end of spiritual training is the perfection of charity, and it should lead the student, not just by his dint of ordination, but from the intimate fellowship of his whole life, to become in a special way another Christ: deeply penetrated by his spirit, he should truly realize what he is doing when celebrating the mystery of the Lord’s death, he should imitate what he is handling, and follow Him who came not be ministered but to minister (cf. Matt 20,28)” [Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, no. 44].

1. Holy Eucharist and other Liturgical Celebrations.
2. Confessions
3. Commitment to Daily Adoration and Prayer
4. Spiritual Directions
5. Spiritual Retreats, Recollections, and Conferences

academic formation

The four-year course in Theology aims at the formation of men for the priestly ministry through a systematic and scientific understanding of the content of Catholic faith and worship of the history of administration of the Catholic Church, so that the student, permeated with a professional knowledge and appreciation of Christian truth and its consequences in the lives of men, and mastering the methods and skills of the pastoral ministry, may be able to communicate effectively this Christian view of life to others in the varied personal and missionary situations of the priestly apostolate.

1. Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
2. Master in Pastoral Ministry
3. Bachelor in Sacred Theology

pastoral formation

The gift of the priestly vocation, placed by God in the hearts of men, obliges the Church to propose to them a serious journey of formation. (RFIS #1). The Diocesan Bishop ( or , in the case of an inter-diocesan Seminary, the Bishops concerned), assisted by the community of formators of the seminary, has the task of developing a programme of integrated formation, also called the formation itinerary, and of promoting its practical application, in a way that respects the different stages and the pedagogical journey set out therein.(RFIS #50)

Theology 1
-Community Apostolate at Shelterville, Vigan City
-Prison Apostolate at BJMP, Vigan City and Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail

Theology 2
-Campus Ministry at Ilocos Sur National High School, Vigan National High School
-Recollection and Retreat Giving to High School students on Weekends

Theology 3
-Hospital Apostolate at Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang, St. James Hospital, Metro Vigan Multi-Purpose Cooperative Hospital, Northside Doctors Hospital

T1 to T3 also do the Radio Apostolate at DZNS, Nueva Segovia

Theology 4
-Parish Ministry Exposure at the different parishes in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.