Moreau Seminary Postulant Program
Jesus spent long days alone with His disciples, speaking to them of the mysteries of His kingdom and forming them to the point when they too could be sent on his mission. ... We too are sent to his mission as men formed and in need of lifelong formation for His service.
— Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 6:56
The Moreau Seminary Postulant Program is for college graduates ages 22-35 who feel called to discern a vocation to religious life and priesthood with the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In this yearlong program, the postulants enter into a rhythm of prayer, religious formation, study, and community life at Moreau Seminary, where they live along with the temporarily professed seminarians who are completing their graduate studies in theology. By introducing them into the life of a religious and seminarian, the Postulant Program allows young men to discern a vocation to Holy Cross more deeply while also preparing them for the Novitiate, which would be the next stage in their formation as brothers and priests.
To learn more about the Postulant Program, we encourage you to read an overview of the program, take a virtual tour of Moreau Seminary, and check out the house schedule. We also invite you to meet our current postulants and their formation staff as well as the temporarily professed seminarians who also live at Moreau. You can also check out the latest events at Moreau Seminary. Yet the best way to learn more about the Postulant Program is to visit or make a retreat, and so we invite you to contact us.
The Postulant Program offers a balanced and structured program of formation that introduces men into religious life and ministry in Holy Cross while helping them deepen their discernment. Learn more about life at Moreau Seminary and the components of seminary formation in the Postulant Program.
Postulants participate in a weekly schedule that provides a structured rhythm of prayer, study, community life and ministry at Moreau Seminary. The year is also punctuated by various community events and celebrations that integrate them into the life of Holy Cross and the Church.
The life of a seminarian is anything but dull and boring. The men of Moreau are always up to something interesting, from engaging in ministry and attending retreats to competing in basketball tournaments and hosting tailgates. View posts on our vocations blog from our postulants and temporarily professed to learn the latest news about life at Moreau.
The postulants, just as all our seminarians, share a love of the Church and a deep desire to serve the Lord, but they are also unique individuals and make for a diverse group with their wide range of interests and life experiences. Meet this year’s Moreau Postulants.
Along with the postulants, the temporarily professed seminarians also live at Moreau Seminary. These men have completed the Novitiate and are working on their graduate studies in theology. Meet our seminarians in temporary vows who are preparing for their Final Vows and Ordinations in the near future.
Moreau Seminary is led by a staff of Holy Cross religious dedicated to helping men mature and develop in all areas of their discernment and formation in preparation for religious life and priesthood in the Congregation. Get to know the Moreau Seminary Staff.
The Postulant Program is housed at Moreau Seminary, which is located on St. Joseph Lake adjacent to the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Take a virtual tour of Moreau to get an up-close look at, among other things, the breathtaking chapel, the comprehensive library, and the full-sized gym.
The best way to discern whether the Moreau Seminary Postulant Program might be a good fit for you is to experience life in Holy Cross firsthand. We host retreats tailored to both college undergraduates and college graduates. By contacting us, we can also arrange an informal visit to the seminary where you can enter into seminary life.
The Postulant Program is part of a larger program of formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross. Learn more about how this year fits into the wider formation process preparing men for priesthood and religious life in Holy Cross.