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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Where is Most Holy Trinity Seminary?


A. In Fall 2005, the seminary moved to Brooksville, Florida (about 30 minutes north of Tampa). It is housed in a newly-constructed Spanish Colonial-style build on 50 acres of land, just off Interstate 75.


Q. Who is on the seminary faculty?


A. The Most Rev. Donald Sanborn, Fr. Anthony Cekada, Fr. Joseph Selway, Fr. Nicolás Despósito, and Fr. Germán Fliess.


Q. What courses would I take?


A. In humanities: Latin, history, literature, music and art appreciation, and English composition. In philosophy: Logic, Cosmology, Psychology, Ethics, Metaphysics, Criteriology, and Theodicy. In theology: Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, Canon Law, Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Scripture, Pastoral Theology, Church History and Homiletics.


Q. How long would it take to become a priest?


A. About seven years after high school, depending on your knowledge of Latin. Before Vatican II, a high school graduate spent eight years of study in the seminary before ordination: two years of humanities, two years of philosophy, and four years of theology. Because of the need for priests, we have condensed the course into seven years, but we have not left anything out.


Q. What is life in the seminary like?


A. The seminary is a beautiful life of peace, prayer and study. Ask an old priest, and he will tell you that the happiest days of his life were in the seminary. The seminary wants to take the young man and turn him into the young priest. It is therefore necessary to give him a moral, spiritual, liturgical, and intellectual training that will last him his whole life. For this reason, the seminarian has a schedule of prayer, both liturgical and private, a schedule of studies, and a schedule of other duties which prepare him for this end.


Q. How much does the seminary cost?


A. $5,000 per year. Those whose parents are unable or unwilling to pay all or part of this amount ought to seek help from benefactors. Their parish priests might be willing to sponsor them, and the candidate should not hesitate to ask. The seminarian might also pay his way be seeking summer employment in his parish or elsewhere. The seminarian also must pay for his own personal expenses, such as books, stationery, clothing, personal toilet articles, etc.


Q. Who will ordain me?


A. A validly-consecrated traditional Catholic bishop. The Most Rev. Daniel L. Dolan and the Most Rev. Donald J. Sanborn have ordained seminarians for Most Holy Trinity Seminary.


Q. What will I do after I am ordained?


A. To a great extent that depends on you. The bishop who ordains you will require either that you join an organization of priests, or commit to work with a bishop or an older priest approved by the seminary. Every kind of priestly work is open to you: parish work, schools, seminary training, missionary work, retreats, chaplaincies to convents, etc.


Q. What is the life of the priest like now?


A. It is not really different from what is was from any other time in the Church. To be sure, Vatican II has caused many problems in the Church, and because of them much confusion has resulted, but these are crosses which the priest of today must bear in order to maintain the true Faith and carry on the work of the Church.


Q. What qualifications must I have?


A high school diploma for the major seminary program.

A grade school diploma for the minor seminary program.

Age not greater than twenty-five years. (Exceptions may be made in cases where a candidate has already received some traditional seminary training elsewhere.)

A good reputation.

Freedom from emotional/psychological problems.

Good health. (Medical certificate will be required).

Freedom from debt. (Payment of loans may be deferred, however, if the creditor is willing. This is often the case with student loans).

Freedom from canonical impediments.