“If there is a masterpiece in this world it is the formation of good priests: nothing is greater, nothing more important can be thought of.” St. Vincent DePaul, 1658
The Diocese of Arlington invests a great deal in its seminarians to ensure they become well-formed priests. This preparation requires a great deal of time, effort and money.
Young men might be in the seminary for seven to nine years; they pursue philosophy and theology studies, and participate in pastoral internships, summer assignments, and Spanish-language programs. Unfortunately, only the seminarian’s time and effort do not come at a cost to the diocese; the other endeavors add up to more than $250,000 by the time the priest is ordained.
Read on to learn about the many ways you can support vocations in our diocese.