Redemptoris Mater Seminaries


 International missionary seminaries
for the New Evangelisation



  • 1988ROME – 1er Séminaire Redemptoris Mater Décret



“Where a real apostolic spirit requires it […] there should be set up international seminaries, […] for the good of the whole Church.“ Where a real apostolic spirit requires it […] there should be set up international seminaries, […] for the good of the whole Church.”

 Vatican II Council – Decree Presbyterorum ordinis
on the Ministry and Life of Priests, no. 10

“Cette idée du Concile a trouvé une mise en oeuvre dans les séminaire Redemptoris Mater où l’on prépare les presbytres pour la Nouvelle Évangélisation, selon le programme du Chemin néocatéchuménal. On peut également dire qu’il s’agit de la mise en oeuvre d’une nouvelle forme de ministère: le missionnaire diocésain.”

Commission interdicastérielle pour une meilleure répartition
des prêtres dans le monde, Osservatore romano, 15 mars 1991


Art. 18    Initiation to and formation in the priestly vocation

§ 1. The Neocatechumenal Way, like every true itinerary of catechesis, is also a “means to foster vocations to the priesthood, and of particular consecration to God in the different forms of religious and apostolic life and to enkindle in the heart of individuals their special missionary vocation.”

§ 2. The Neocatechumenal Way is also an instrument that is offered at the service of the bishops for the Christian formation of candidates to the presbyterate.

§ 3. The diocesan missionary “Redemptoris Mater” Seminaries are erected by diocesan bishops, in agreement with the International Responsible Team of the Way and are governed by the current norms for the formation and incardination of diocesan clerics and in accordance with their own statutes, in fulfillment of the Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis. In them the candidates for the priesthood find in participation in the Neocatechumenal Way, a specific and basic element of their formative itinerary and, at the same time, are prepared for a “genuine presbyteral choice of service to the entire people of God in the fraternal communion of the presbyterate.”

§ 4. It is the task of the diocesan bishop to appoint, upon presentation by the International Responsible Team of the Way, the rector and the other superiors and educators of the “Redemptoris Mater” diocesan missionary seminaries. The rector, in the name of the bishop and in close cooperation with him, oversees the studies of the seminarians and their formative itinerary and ascertains the suitability of candidates for the priesthood.