Our Mission

The Institute for Ministry Formation (IMF) is an extension of Saint Vincent Seminary’s commitment to the formation and education of priests, laity, and religious.  The Christian life is about service, and service is ministry!  Using new technology and traditional methods for learning and gathering, the IMF gathers this community, grows and supports their faith, and helps guide their response to God’s call by forming their hearts and minds.

What we offer


The IMF offers academic programs including a Master’s degree in Ministry composed of specialized certificates, including spiritual direction and Catholic theology with Catechetics and Renewal Leadership coming soon. (Click on New Students or Current Students below.)

Parish Outreach

The IMF provides formation programs for parishes including Pastoral Planning through STEP4ward, Missionizing your Parish, Art of Accompaniment workshops, RCIA sponsors formation, and more. (Click on Parishes & Pastors below.)

Inspiration and Personal Formation

The IMF provides resources for personal growth in Spiritual Direction and Accompaniment, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Prayer, Spiritual Gifts, Pastoral ministry, Human formation and more. (Click on Grow with IMF below or the Resources menu.)

New Students

Interested in a certificate in Spiritual Direction? Master's in Ministry? Catholic theology? Click here!

Current Students

Already a student and looking for more information on classes and other events?

Parishes & Pastors

Information on formation programs & STEP4WARD.

Grow with IMF

Here are workshops, study groups, conferences and online retreats. There is something for everyone.

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