ERIC Number: ED527556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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The Integration of the Four Pillars of Priestly Formation According to the Fifth Edition of the "Program of Priestly Formation"
Nydegger, Thomas P.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
The integration of the four pillars of priestly formation (human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral) is the principal task of Roman Catholic seminaries today. Using a single case study methodology, the faculty and seminarians of a seminary in the Northeastern United States were surveyed and interviewed to determine how programmatic integration looked and how well it was occurring. A conceptual framework was built and verified confirming that mentoring/spiritual direction, dialogue/discussion and reflection are of primary importance for successful integration. After an extended historical review, the inquiry followed definitive propositions to reach this conclusion and recommended a practical process for seminaries to integrate their programs. Expansion to a multiple case study with a revised survey was recommended for additional and future study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
Descriptors: Catholics, Clergy, Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Case Studies, Integrated Curriculum
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