Please print each of the three items listed here, and follow the directions on the application forms.
Sabbatical Application Form
Medical Information/Emergency Form
- Ecclesiastical Sponsor Form
September 12- December 8, 2012
September 18 - December 14, 2013
The total tuition: fall 2012 session is $9200. Fall 2013 will be $9600.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of application to the Institute. The remaining balance is payable by the first day of the session. Modest incremental increases will occur in future sessions.Scholarships
Some partial scholarships are available for third world priests who have to pay a substantial amount of the tuition themselves. Sabbatical Grants are available for U.S. priests via the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program. For more information, visit www.lillyendowment.org/religion_ncr.html
The Vatican II Institute is a three-month experience, conducted each fall. It is designed for priests who are active in ministry, in good health, psychologically adjusted, and interested in spending significant time reading, listening and discussing their theology, pastoral effectiveness, and spiritual and personal growth. It is a mini-sabbatical for priests ordained 10 or more years.
The Institute seeks to give the participant a sound theological and pastoral updating, in addition to helping him develop or renew habits of prayer, study and reading. The Institute's goal is to affirm each participant as a priest, competent for and positive about the ministry for which the church has commissioned him.
The program offers sufficient time to absorb its rich theological content, to grow in one's personal prayer life, to be renewed physically and to experience, on a significant level, the dynamic energy of focused, small-group life.
Priest participants come from over 35 countries around the world. The integration of the other cultures and life experiences provides the participant with a rich experience of the church and its contemporary mission of evangelization and enculturation.
The Vatican II Institute is sponsored by the Society of St. Sulpice while responsibility for the policies, program and personnel rest with the Board of Directors of St. Patrick's Seminary. The Institute is open to all qualified priests.
Our Setting…Picture Perfect
The Vatican II Institute is located in the heart of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, only 30 miles south of the city and just north of Stanford University in Palo Alto. Located on the grounds of St. Patrick's Seminary, with its chateau-styled building and magnificent chapel, the separate quarters of the Institute offer homey accomodations in a park-like setting of trees, shrubbery and flowers. The climate is ideal, with winter nights in the low 50's and summer highs in the mid 80's.
The Bay Area is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States, a diversity that matches St. Patrick's student body. At the seminary, ethnic liturgies and feasts add a spiritual richness that is both inspiring and heart-warming.
San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Carmel, Big Sur, Napa Valley, five California Missions, redwood forests and the north coast, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and Reno are all within a few hours' drive, offering mini-vacation possibilities and opportunities galore.
At the heart of the program is a well-balanced series of lectures in theology, spirituality and pastoral ministry. Institute presenters hold high academic distinction, and are personally noted for their Christian lives, their intelligence and their ability to communicate well with priests. Readings complement the lectures. There are no papers or exams.
Prayer life and liturgy
The Vatican II Institute is based on the belief that daily personal prayer is essential to living out one's priestly commitment. Sessions on prayer and spiritual life, as well as an environment conducive to prayer, support daily celebration of the Eucharist and other prayer experiences. Trained spiritual directors are available for individual direction. A directed retreat or an option of another retreat experience is part of each session.
Because of the close association with other priests and the amount of free time at the Institute, an exceptional degree of friendship and camaraderie can develop. To help both personal and interpersonal growth, there will be weekly small group meetings, an opportunity for individual work with a staff counselor, and adequate recreation time, on or off the grounds.
The grounds provide recreational facilities: paths for walking, bicycling and jogging, swimming pool, tennis courts and an outdoor basketball court. There is a fully equipped exercise gym on campus as well. There will be time off each week, affording opportunity for visits to the surrounding golf courses and other Bay Area recreational sites. Each month there will be at least one longer break to enable participants to enjoy the beauty of the area. There is also approximately a week to travel or, if a participant wishes, to read or rest.
The Vatican II Institute is a twelve week experience designed specifically for its priest participants. Classes are generally for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon four days each week. On occasion, an evening session will replace the afternoon class. There is time throughout the day for reading and recreation.
There will ordinarily be one day off each week, in the middle of the week. Three-day breaks occur every month, with one longer break during Thanksgiving week. On Sundays, participants are encouraged to "participate from the pews" in selected liturgies at local parishes and universities.
Participants in the program should remain and be present for all classes and other Institute programs. While there are no assigned papers or exams, participants evaluate courses and other components of the program.
Vatican II Institute Staff
Rev. James Myers, S.S.
Rev. George Schlutze, S.J.
Mrs. Amy Yamamura
Vatican II Institute Faculty
Rev. Melvin Blanchette, S.S.
Rev. Howard Bleichner, S.S.
Rev. Raymond Carey, Ph.D.
Rev. Frederick Cwiekowski, S.S.
Rev. Dan Danielson
Msgr. Warren Holleran
Rev. Brett Hoover, C.S.P.
Rev. Kenneth Laverone, O.F.M.
Sr. Lynn Levo, C.S.J., Ph.D
Rev. Jim Myers, S.S.
Rev. Michael Olsen
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.
Rev. Dennis Smolarski, S.J.
Rev. Gladstone Stevens, S.S.
Rev. Jim Wallace, C.Ss.R.
Very Rev. Ronald Witherup, S.S.
Brother Jim Zullo, F.S.C.