Go behind the scenes at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia with this unique look into the life of a seminarian.
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary is a house of studies of the Society of St. Pius X, established in the United States in 1973, for the formation of Roman Catholic priests according to the traditional teaching of the Church.
The seminary draws from the greatest riches of the 2,000 year history of the Church in the formation of her priests. The formation that the seminarians receive is traditional in every aspect: doctrine, liturgy, retreats, daily schedule, etc.
The core of the seminarians' study is the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, while proficiency in Latin is required before ordination.
A typical day in the life of the seminarian contains three hours of prayer, three hours of classes, four hours of study, and a hour and a half of recreation.
Seminarians are expected to attain the holiness required of a priest, through the means provided at the Seminary: daily Mass, meditation, Rosary, and hours of the Divine Office, as well as Benediction, Ignatian retreats, monthly recollections, and weekly confession and spiritual direction.