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 Ongoing Formation


Welcome to the Ongoing Formation page!  Please, check this page regularly as we try to update its contents every month. Please click here, for information on policies and guidelines concerning ongoing formation for priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


June Weeks at St. John’s Seminary

Convocation Week I – June 5-9 

Information and Registration, click here: June 5-9 2017 Priests Convocations Registration.pdfJune 5-9 2017 Priests Convocations Registration.pdf

Junio 5-9 2017 Convocaciones Sacerdotales -- Inscripcion.pdfJunio 5-9 2017 Convocaciones Sacerdotales -- Inscripcion.pdf


Convocation Week II – June 12-16

Information and Registration, click here: June 12-16 2017 Priests Convocations Registration.pdfJune 12-16 2017 Priests Convocations Registration.pdf

Junio 12-16 2017 Convocaciones Sacerdotales -- Inscripcion.pdfJunio 12-16 2017 Convocaciones Sacerdotales -- Inscripcion.pdf

Priests Retreat – June 19-23

Information and Registration, click here: June 19-23 2017 Priest Retreat Registration.pdfJune 19-23 2017 Priest Retreat Registration.pdf

 Junio 19-23 2017 Retiro Sacerdotal -- Inscripcion.pdfJunio 19-23 2017 Retiro Sacerdotal -- Inscripcion.pdf


Ongoing Formation Opportunities for Priests


The following have ongoing programs available throughout the year:


Institute for Priestly Formation

On the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska

For More information, click here.

Jesuit School of Theology

On the Berkeley Campus of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California

For more information, click here.

School of Applied Theology

An Affiliate of the Graduate Theological union of Berkeley, California

For more information, click here.


John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics 
On the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana

For more information, click here.


Pontifical North American College

Rome, Italy

For more information, click here.


Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Meinrad, Indiana

For more information, click here.



Retreat Opportunities for Priests


The following have retreats scheduled throughout the year:


Cardinal Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priests

Los Angeles

For more information, click here.

Conducted by a variety of priests.



Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos

Los Altos, California 

For more information, click here.

St. Andrew's Abbey

Valyermo, California

For more information,  click here.

You may also consider a retreat on your own, perhaps in the company of pre-planned reading material and/or a journal for reflection or with regular chats with a spiritual guide on premises.  See available retreat centers in our area from these pages of the ADLA Catholic Directory:

Retreat Pages from LA2016.pdfRetreat Pages from LA2016.pdf



Language Acquisition / Accent Modification



Teachers and Preachers (TAP)

A program that allows priests to work individually with Sisters located throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with particular attention given to the Sunday homily

For information, contact Louis Velasquez at 213-631-1485



May 27 – July 8, 2017 (6 weeks) in Puebla, Mexico

International Institute for Culture 

For more information, click here.


The following sites contain information on sabbatical experiences offered around the country and around the world.  (Please, note that archdiocesan funds for sabbaticals do not cover travel expenses.)

Hesburg Sabbatical at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago
More information here:

90-Day Sabbatical Programs at Mercy Center in Colorado Springs Allows on to pick week-long experiences in succession. 

More information here:,_Inc/Calendar_of_Events.html

This site developed for clergy in Australia contains links to sabbatical programs in Rome, England, Ireland, Israel, the United States, the Philippines, Belgium, and New Zealand:

For a really out there sabbatical, read what one priest did:


Homiletic Resources

Our brother Msgr. Tom Welbers shares his YouTube page of videos.  The ones indicated as “Banquet on the Word” are 45min-1hr presentations on various elements of the indicated Sunday Mass (usually available mid-afternoon of Tuesday before), as well as some homiletic material.  Here is the link to his videos: 

You may also consider visiting the following pages:


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Weekly Homily Preparation Sessions (live & recorded)

Programa de Homilias en Español





Rev. Joel Henson

Director of Ongoing Formation

Office of the Vicar for Clergy
Archdiocese of Los Angeles 
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241

Phone: (213) 637-7284

Fax: (213) 637-6607



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