Intellectual Formation

Intellectual Formation

There is a reciprocal relationship between spiritual and intellectual formation. The intellectual life nourishes the spiritual life, but the spiritual also opens vistas of understanding, in accordance with the classical adage credo ut intelligam (‘I believe in order to know’). Intellectual formation is integral to what it means to be human.

In the seminary programme, intellectual formation culminates in a deepened understanding of the mysteries of faith that is pastorally oriented toward effective priestly ministry, especially preaching. This understanding, however, requires previous intellectual formation and academic integrity as foundational. The overall goal of every stage of seminary formation is to prepare a candidate who is widely knowledgeable about the human condition, deeply engaged in a process of understanding divine revelation, and adequately skilled in communicating his knowledge to as many people as possible. Moreover, continuing education after ordination is a necessity for effective ministry. 

Ultimately, intellectual formation in the seminary programme centers on theology as a search for “an ever deeper knowledge of the divine mysteries” (Pastores dabo vobis).  Theology’s theoretical and practical dimensions in priestly mission and ministry mean that it must be rigorous both academically and pastorally in its orientation.  Finally, the study of theology must be an initiation into a lifelong study of the truths of faith. If the priest is to be a teacher, he must first be a student who continuously pursues an understanding of the faith to which he commits himself and invites his people.

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St. Peter's Regional Seminary, Pedu

This is the “school of Jesus”, where young men are not only trained in discipleship but are also configured into the image of Christ Jesus Our Lord and Saviour.​ We uphold the Four Pillars of Formations: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral Formations.​ This Theologicum of the Fisherman upholds the primacy Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium.​

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The seminary is an ecclesiastical institution for the formation of Future Catholic Priests. It is referred to as a Seminary and not just a Theological College because the seminary brings to mind a humane environment where seeds are sown, nurtured and pruned to bear fruits and to provide shelter for the homeless and food for the hungry. The seminary has a universal accreditation for it does exactly what is done in almost all the Catholic Theological faculties in the world.

The vision of St. Peter’s Regional Seminary is to help form priests who will fit well in the universal Church and also become vibrant in the Ghanaian or the African context. A people who would help sustain the dignity of human beings and enhance the created order.

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