If a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius discerns that he also has a call to the priesthood, intellectual preparation through proper theological studies takes place during the period of Juniorate according to the Code of Canon Law.
Before being admitted into theological studies for the priesthood, members of the Canons Regular must complete the proper undergraduate studies, if they have not already done so prior to entrance into the community.
Guided by the norms established by the Holy See, notably in the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis (1992), and by the norms established by the Bishops of the United States in the Program of Priestly Formation, the seminarians of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are given human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation.
Catholic teaching must inform all seminary education and formation, and thus, the life of the seminary is centered on the Holy Eucharist, especially daily Mass, nourished by the celebration of the Divine Office and contemplative prayer. The rich traditions of seminary life must foster love for the sacramental life of the Church, with the celebration of the Holy Mass, as the source and summit. Frequent use of spiritual direction and sacramental Confession must be emphasized, as well as respect for the Holy Father, devotion to Mary and the saints, love for the traditions of the Church, respect for human life, concern for the needy, and a unwavering commitment to a priestly life of sacrifice and service.