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 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 IPF programs:

SPIRITUAL FORMATION FOR DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS ( 10 scholarships available in 2015 )

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.

Click here to read the full Program Guidelines


To Apply 

  • Read and review the Program Guidelines document
  • Applications for this initiative are currently closed.

For more information

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