Support of Priestly Spirituality Initiative

Catholic Extension has developed a partnership with the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University, to offer education and formation to priests and seminarians from mission dioceses, which will strengthen their priestly identity and knowledge of spirituality.

Bishops from poor “mission dioceses” have identified to Catholic Extension that support of priests and seminarians is a top strategic priority.  The IPF is a nationally renowned leader in the spiritual formation of diocesan priests, and many of their programs are in high demand.   This partnership, therefore, will offer scholarships to poor mission dioceses that have never had the opportunity to send priests or seminarians to the IPF due to barriers of cost or distance.

Through this partnership, scholarships will be made available for the following two IPF programs:


This 10-week program for the Spiritual Formation for Diocesan Seminarians is held each summer at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. It helps seminarians “fall more deeply in love with God while at the same time steeping them in the unique spirituality of diocesan priesthood”.   The summer program is rooted in the Tradition of the Church and the many facets of spiritual formation.


This is a three year program to train priests in spiritual direction.  The IPF’s Spiritual Direction Training Program unfolds over nine weeks in three years, meeting for five days every January, May, and October. The training, which is held at St. Mary’s of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, includes over 300 hours of continuing education in spiritual theology, priestly identity, and the art of contemplative spiritual direction.

For more details about both of these programs, click here.

To Apply Online

Applications are not currently open for this program.

For more information

Contact Terry Witherell, Senior Director of Mission, at 508.668.1786 or